Chicago’s Metra to install 650 ticket vending machines

Nov. 18, 2021

Chicago’s Metra train system will install new ticket vending machines next year, as the board of directors has approved a $70 million contract with VenTek International to purchase and maintain 650 machines, according to a Daily Herald report.

In mid-2022, older units at downtown stations and Metra Electric stops will be replaced.

In addition, 75 machines will be deployed at strategic stations to test a “proof-of-payment” fare system.

In phase two, 350 machines will be installed to provide a machine at all 242 train stations.

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Letchworth State Park entrances will now accept credit cards

Published in The Daily News by Matt Surtel

There’s a more-than-familiar aspect to visiting Letchworth State Park.

You drive up and pay the entrance fee — always handing your money to a friendly staffer, as it’s been for decades.

But now there’s a new option.

Brand-new automated payment stations have been installed at the Castile and Mount Morris entrances, with others planned for Perry and Portageville.

The payoff?

For the first time ever, people can pay the entrance fee by credit card, or by inserting cash, or even just scanning their drivers license if they met “Golden Park” eligibility requirements.

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Press release – NICTD

Exclusive interview with the NICTD in August’s edition of Business Review USA

Chief Information Officer Boris Matakovic speaks with Business Review USA regarding how South Shore railway in Indiana is in the process of transforming its services to meet modern-day demands.

Operating since 1908, surviving financial crashes and the increased popularity of the car, NICTD has had to revolutionize its business model to appeal to consumers and corporate businesses. The company has placed significant investment within its technological infrastructure, providing a multitude of benefits for users on the move.

“The implementation of Wi-Fi has improved relations with our existing customer base, and it’s something that really does attract people to our service,” comments Matakovic.


Despite its advantages, such as cheaper costs to travel via rail than by car, the company is still undergoing a number of challenges, but remains steadfast in its commitment to both staff, with a high retention rate, besides customers who utilize public transport rather than drive.


“People can buy their train tickets right on their smartphones because basically everybody owns their own ticket kiosk at that point,” adds Matakovic.


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New parking enforcement tech coming

Downtown Prince George’s long-awaited license plate recognition system should be in place by mid-October.

At Monday’s council meeting, councillors approved two bylaw changes that will underpin the new program, increasing parking fines and changing rules around time limits.

Weekends will be free, but during the workweek, the hourly rules will likely take effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. And there will be a three-hour “cumulative” clock regardless of where people park in the downtown, which will affect those who move their cars every couple hours as a way to park all day.

– See more HERE

Nashville for the 2016 IPI Show

Join us in Nashville for the 2016 IPI Show.  VenTek will be showcasing its PBL solutions which include pay stations, LPR cameras, online permitting, enforcement and web-based, citation payment.   Please stop by booth #529 so we can show you how VenTek has integrated with the latest parking technologies.  Better yet, if you would like a private demonstration contact us at (707) 773-3373 and set up an private time at the event for us to show you all the solutions VenTek is able to provide.


Contact us today, and learn more about how we can service all your parking needs.