A massive Ventra server failure resulted in about 15,000 free rides at 60 of the CTA's 145 rail stations during the height of rush Wednesday afternoon.
The Tribune reports that about 165 card readers at the stations were affected. The CTA "will be tallying the total amount lost and billing the vendor, Cubic, for the cost of the outage."
Meanwhile, earlier in the day Wednesday, the CTA board approved its $1.38 billion budget that keeps service at current levels with no fare increase.
One civic group thinks the CTA should be looking at ways to increase fare revenue.
At the Tuesday night budget hearing, the Civic Federation "urged the CTA to study fares based on distance traveled or peak-hour usage, saying the proposed budget included “overly optimistic” expectations of state funding increases for reduced-fare riders," according to the Sun-Times.