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A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

Holdouts Finally Making The Switch To Ventra

More than 200 people lined up at the Jefferson Park branch library to make the switch Thursday. A few elderly customers said they merely waited until CTA came to them, because the trip to CTA headquarters in the West Loop was too much.

05/09/2014

Ventra reader (CBS)

CTA, Pace Begin Phasing Out Old Fare Cards Ahead Of Full Switch To Ventra

CTA officials said 86 percent of its fares are now paid with a Ventra card, and the agency is pushing the last of its riders to make the switch to Ventra. Pace riders have been slower to make the change, with about 60 percent of the suburban bus agency’s fares paid with Ventra cards.

05/01/2014

Forrest Claypool

Emanuel Has ‘Full Confidence’ In Claypool, Despite Ventra Problems

Bus drivers have said they’re seeing fewer problems with Ventra fare cards, and the mayor said he’s not holding Claypool responsible for the foul-ups with the switchover to Ventra.

12/03/2013

Ventra reader (CBS)

Mayor To Make Sure Ventra’s ‘Feet Are Held To The Fire’ On CTA Switchover Problems

Mayor says Ventra contractor won’t get paid until system is working the way it should.

11/06/2013

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

Transit Union: Delay Final Ventra Switchover Until It’s Fixed

Amalgamated Transit Union Division 308 President Robert Kelly said the employees he represents are getting verbal abuse daily.

11/01/2013

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Reinstates Ability To Buy Magnetic Fare Cards

A reversal from the CTA today as the agency deals with problems with its new Ventra cards.

10/09/2013

A Ventra fare card reader. (Credit: CBS)

CTA No Longer Selling Magnetic Stripe Fare Cards

The CTA’s switchover to the new Ventra fare system was hitting a major milestone on Monday, as the agency stopped sales of its old magnetic-striped fare cards at train stations.

10/07/2013

A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

CTA, Pace Roll Out Ventra Fare System For All Riders

On Monday, Ventra cards will begin replacing the familiar plastic and paper fare cards with magnetic stripes, which CTA and Pace customers have been using for years.

09/09/2013

At The O'Hare Stop On The CTA Blue Line. (CTA File Photo)

O’Hare, Airline Employees To Get Free Rides On Blue Line For Now

As many as 3,000 airline employees and other workers at O’Hare International Airport will be able to board the CTA Blue Line free at the airport through July 12, as the transit agency scrambles to provide them with special fare cards.

07/04/2013

A Ventra machine at a CTA station. (CBS)

CTA Rolls Back Some Controversial Ventra Fare Card Fees

CTA Ventra payment card holders who use the card’s controversial debit features won’t be charged for talking to public transit customer service operators or using the cards for cash ATM withdrawals under new fee rollbacks revealed Thursday.

05/24/2013

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RTA Already Replacing Thousands Of New Senior Fare Cards

The Regional Transportation Authority’s new senior half-fare cards have only been in use since Labor Day, but it is already replacing hundreds each week.

CBS Chicago–01/24/2012

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New Transit Fare Cards Arriving For Seniors

New fare cards have begun to arrive from the RTA for more than 427,000 Chicago area senior citizens in the next few days.

WBBM Newsradio–08/01/2011

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New Transit Cards Going Out For Low-Income Seniors

New RTA fare cards are going out to 427,000 Chicago-area seniors sooner than expected.

CBS Chicago–07/22/2011

Cars are buried in snow on Lake Shore Drive after the Blizzard of 2011. (Credit: "Rock"/User Photo)

City Will Pull Buses From Lakefront During Blizzard

The CTA and the city of Chicago are taking steps to make sure that if another blizzard socks the city, buses won’t be stranded on Lake Shore Drive.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2011