A nifty new Ventra app allows CTA riders to check and add value to their Ventra cards, as well as buy “virtual” Metra tickets.
CTA and Metra officials demonstrated the app Friday, and put out a call for volunteers to help with final testing before the app is formally released in May or June.
Using the smartphone app, CTA riders can do functions they now can only do at the Ventra website:
- Check value
- Add value
- Buy passes
But it’s the two other included features that really make it a worthy app to add to your phone:
- Buy Metra tickets
- Check all transit trackers, including CTA bus and rail, plus Metra arrivals and departures and Pace arrivals.
Future versions of the app will allow CTA riders to tap their smartphone against the fare reader, eliminating the need for a Ventra card. Check the photo gallery for more details of the app.
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