All of you Ventra holdouts now have just over a week to load up buy your magnetic stripe cards or load value on your Chicago Cards.
That's the first big Ventra transition date. On May 1:
- CTA customers will no longer be able to buy magnetic stripe fare cards.
- Customers will no longer be able to autoload/reload Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus.
The CTA reports that the Ventra holdouts are among a small minority now. Currently, 84 percent of all CTA rides and 60 percent of Pace rides are taken with Ventra. There have been more than 153 million Ventra taps across the CTA and Pace systems. CTA and Pace will complete the full transition to Ventra on July 1.
The next major deadline in the Ventra transition is June 1, when customers can no longer reload magnetic stripe cards or use Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus. And then on July 1, that's it - Ventra card only or cash, which is only accepted on buses.
Come on, give it up guys. Ventra really is not that bad once you get it activated.