It appears all but done.
CTA claims it is modernizing and introducing a new fare system called Ventra. It will create a debit like payment system for CTA riders, including PACE riders.
The Ventra card will cost $5 and that will be refunded in transit value. Those hit hardest by the change: low income commuters who can’t put up larger sums of money for more than a ride or two. CTA states it does not believe the $5 fee will be a barrier however.
Those who choose to purchase the paper, single ride ticket will pay an additional 50 cents for a fare.
The CTA board votes Wednesday.