Apply to help CTA test the new Ventra app

Home screen for the smartphone Ventra app.

Home screen for the smartphone Ventra app.

The CTA is looking for a few good testers to put its soon-to-be-released Ventra app through its paces.

Apply here. And read about what the app will look like.

I think the CTA has learned its lesson on mandating thorough testing after the botched Ventra card rollout


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  • Filled out the simple form, and I may receive a link to a longer survey. We'll see.....

  • In reply to SpinyNorman:

    I received the follow-up email with a link to a more detailed survey. I assume I'll find out if I'm accepted as a beta tester soon.

  • "Botched Ventra rollout?"
    It still doesn't work right!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    It took me 10 taps, and over a minute, to board the #66 bus yesterday. The woman behind me was lucky, as it only took her 5 taps. I must be holding it wrong.

  • Question for the day is whether Tracy Swartz's suggestions are facetious (in whole or in part), but it is clear that a named person is doing the usual CTA thing and not listening to any of them. Maybe he can create another of his websites on how we should all bow down to the CTA.

  • In reply to jack:

    "Hacks that tell riders which bus stops have shelters to shield them from the elements and which rail stations are near major Chicago landmarks could be beneficial. "

    How about telling me which bus shelters have homeless people camped out in them, or shelters crowded with smokers puffing away like they'll die if they don't have one final cigarette.

  • In reply to SpinyNorman:

    Why can't we have a law that says it's illegal to smoke in or around a bus shelter?
    Along with no smoking signs on the shelters.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    There is already a law on the books that prohibits smoking in CTA "facilities". I would go out on a limb and say that the shelters are in fact CTA facilities, so they should be covered. Of course, a 'No Smoking' sign would certainly help clarify that. I called my do-nothing alderman about this last year, and got a big nada.

    CTA ORDINANCE NO. 006-75:

    It is a violation of this ordinance for any person:

    2.8 Smoking: to smoke or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe on property owned, operated or maintained by the CTA.

  • In reply to SpinyNorman:

    Problem is, the bus shelters are not "property owned, operated or maintained by the CTA." Owned, operated, or maintained by either CDOT or JCDecaux.

    Probably shouldn't smoke in the Jefferson Park bus terminal, though.

  • In reply to jack:

    Not only that, but the JCDecaux contract is with the city, not the CTA.
    I do know of two CTA owned bus shelters that remain, one is at the SE corner of Clark/Ridge & the other is on the east side of Clark, along Lincoln Park, around Armitage.

  • Just now applied for CTA test. Eagerly waiting for Ventra app. The beta version of Tutu helper app is available for free on

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