Value can be added to card at CTA vending machines only

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AlexAD

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Hello,

I read this on the Chicago transit card, 'Value can be added to card at CTA vending machines only'.
I am wondering if it should read 'Value can be added to the card at the CTA vending machines only'.

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The first "the" could be there, but is not necessary. "This card" would be even better than "the card," since it is written on the card itself. But it is fine as it is.

The second is unnatural. The Chicago Transit Authority is "CTA" not "the CTA."
 

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I would agree that 'at CTA vending machines' sounds natural, however why the Chicago Transit Authority is CTA? I've definetly heard this announcement, 'Thank you for riding the CTA'.

You also said that the first part is fine as it is. Is it according to the grammar rules or just because people are used to missing articles when it comes to customer notices, announcements, etc. ?
 
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I would say that when used as an adjective, the article is not used. "Thank you for riding the CTA." "This is CTA property."

And, yes, there is a certain amount of terseness in these types of situations.
 

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I found these extracts from CTA web site.

1. Welcome aboard. We're glad you're interested in learning more about CTA.
2.
The CTA operates the nation's second largest public transportation system and covers the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs.

[FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Which is definitely confusing...[/FONT]
 

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