CTA board approves Ventra card system, cash fare hike

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The CTA board approved a new fare system. ctapassmachine

The Chicago Transit board set rules for the new program, called Ventra, Wednesday.

The system will go into effect this summer.

People 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, and the current magnetic stripe paper tickets sometime in 2014.

Officials also approved a 33-percent hike in the cash rail fare from $2.25 to $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.

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  • Josh

    Why do I need to give up personal information to register a Ventra card. It's unfair to charge people extra money it they prefer to pay with cash.


    We need to stop complaining as voters and start using the ballot box to get rid of these legalized swindlers… FROM the rank and file workers up to the executive suites the treatment we as riders/customers or adhoc taxpayers get from them is less than average. They use the most lame excuses to raise fairs every two years and every time they raise they claim it's going to help fill a hole, the real problem is they got so many holes that they simply run them out one after another instead of filling many of the holes through what works so well with private enterprises, CUTTING WAIST!

  • SteveB

    VENTRA, not for me! A 33% hike, shame on the CTA. This sounds like another Parking Meter deal. What happened to the trip and study many years ago to analyze the transit system in Mexico City? A group of Politicians and CTA Executives went there on thr Public's Dime. Evidently no one paid attention to the inexpensive transit system South of the border.I sure won't be planning trips via Public Transportation to Chicago. Too expensive to visit a crime laden city that either taxes the living h*ll out of people or keep raising fees. IF the Mayor truly wants to increase tourism these issues need to be addressed! Bring back the "token" system, it worked!

  • Smithster

    It needs to be registered so that they can get your information and acquire more customers. You can bet the farm that Ventra and CTA are slobbering over increased fees…while we working stiffs pay them. I'm OK with discouraging per-ride passes, environmentally speaking. But the rest of it is pure shit and utter usury. Do you know that to speak to a customer service agent will cost you? And that's $10 an hour? It's disgusting. I am looking into petitioning, if possible, for another hearing–even though that's a joke too. They PURPOSELY did not inform the public ADEQUATELY because they knew damn well everyone would be up in arms when they found out they're to pay even more, after the recent increase. It's appalling. We need to stop bending over and speak out. Let's form a protest! Who's with me?