Posts tagged "Ventra card"

Ride CTA free for New Year's celebrations; enjoy extra train, bus service

Once again this year, the MillerCoors is joining with the CTA to offer free rides during peak New Year’s Eve ride time – 10 p.m. tonight till 4 a.m. Friday morning. In addition to the free rides, CTA also is offering extended hours of operation and/or increasing the frequency of service on several bus and... Read more »

Ventra app to be released Thursday; boon for Metra riders

The long-awaited Ventra app for smartphones will be released this Thursday, allowing users to buy and use Metra tickets and passes on their phones, and manage their CTA Ventra cards. However, the ability to use your phone instead of a Ventra card to board a CTA train or bus won’t come until later, with no... Read more »

How to replace expiring Ventra military service passes

Disabled veterans and active duty military personnel have to pull together pertinent documentation to replace expiring Ventra passes for free rides. All cards issued before August 2015 must be renewed by Dec. 1. To assist those with expiring cards, the CTA is hosting multiple renewal events beginning in October through early December. Nearly 11,000 active... Read more »
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Apply to help CTA test the new 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 ————————— If you like this post, please like my... Read more »

Reapply by Sept. 30 for RTA free ride permit for disabled

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is reporting that 10,500 persons with disabilities have yet to renew their free ride permits. They have until Sept. 30 to apply for the State of Illinois Benefit Access Program (BAP), which will qualify them for the free ride permits. Also, senior citizens have until Nov. 30 to renew their Senior Free Ride... Read more »

CTA Ventra card: Anatomy of a botched rollout

Tuesday, July 1, marks the day when only Ventra cards will be accepted for fare payments on the CTA – except buses, where cash payments still will be allowed. It has taken almost a year to roll out this new RFID contactless payment system. And quite a botched rollout it has been. Let’s review what... Read more »
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The end is near for old CTA fare cards; Ventra is the way

It’s starting to get real. The CTA Ventra card transition, that is. Starting today, you can no longer use your trusty old Chicago Card/Chicago Card plus. And if you bought a magnetic stripe card to get you through for just this occasion, I hope you loaded it with lots of cash, because also beginning today... Read more »

Snarky - and irate - CTA riders hijack #AskVentra Twitter chat

Be careful what you ask for. Perhaps the folks behind Ventra’s Twitter feed should have taken those six simple words into account when they announced an #AskVentra hour on Twitter, where they would answer all Ventra questions posed them. Except, many of the questions were not Ventra-related. How does it feel to be less popular... Read more »

CTA responds on "insufficient funds" message from Ventra card reader

In my post from Monday (CTA bus driver explains why he must ask for cash fare after 2 Ventra fails), I started out by noting that “there are two sides to every story.” Now the CTA has asked me to give their side of the story: The Ventra reader screens were upgraded earlier this year... Read more »
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CTA bus driver explains why he must ask for cash fare after 2 Ventra fails

There are two sides to every story, of course. In a post last week about the switch to Ventra, Cheryl commented that “now the bus drivers are started to ask people to pay cash if they can’t get their Ventra cards to work.” A CTA bus driver replied to the comment, and I wanted you... Read more »