CTA sets new rules for fare program
The CTA moves again toward becoming the first open fare transit system in the nation.
The Chicago Transit Board set rules today for the new program called Ventra.
The system will go into effect this summer.
Riders will be able to use Ventra cards, or their own personal credit or debit cards, to board trains and buses.
Fares will remain the same, as long as people register their Ventra cards.
It will replace the current Chicago Card, Chicago Card Plus, and the current magnetic stripe paper tickets sometime in 2014.
The CTA board also approved a 33 percent hike in the cash rail fare from $2.25to $3.
There will also be a $5 a month penalty for people who don’t use their Ventra cards within a year and a half.