Concern over CTA’s Ventra fare system

“Skepticism” was the word of the day at a hearing over the CTA’s upcoming Ventra fare payment system.

The Illinois House Mass Transit Committee was in Chicago Monday, grilling CTA officials about the controversial cards.

At the hearing, Rep. Deborah Mell, D-Chicago, told CTA president Forrest Claypool that constituents and other people she has heard from are “skeptical” about Ventra’s prepaid debit card function, which can carry annual fees of nearly $200.

CTA officials say the debit account is “the best option” for expanding use of the Ventra system.

They point out that using it as a debit card is “a 100 percent voluntary choice” for CTA and Pace customers.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

1 Comment

  • mrpuma2u

    Who owns Ventra? Is something new being created by the CTA? Or is an independent entity that the CTA is outsourcing this service to???

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