CHICAGO (CBS) — Getting around Chicago on public transportation is about to get a lot easier. The CTA, Metra, and Pace have announced a new app that will allow riders to pay for fares on all three systems using their mobile devices.
The new Ventra app won’t launch for about a week, but transportation officials said it will revolutionize the way people use the region’s mass transit system.
For the first time ever, the free Ventra app will allow customers of the CTA, Metra, and Pace to pay for rides with a few taps on their mobile devices.
The app, which will be available on iOS and Android devices, will allow riders to use their phone to pay for rides on all three transit systems using debit or credit cards. They’ll also be able to check balances, and receive travel and service information.