Next week, on September 9, 2013 all CTA and Pace customers will be able to use the new Ventra system, which allows them to use a single fare card for transit across the region throughout the Chicago area. The new Ventra cards will be sold at retail locations and at rail stations.
The system was introduced in August to gradually accustom riders to the new payment system. The new system is intended to eliminate the multiple magnetic-stripe cards and the Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus currently used for fare payments. Riders will still be able to purchase 1-day, 3-Day, 7-Day, 30-day and other reduced and free passes. The fare values will be loaded onto the new pre-paid Ventra Cards with cash or tied to the riders existing bank accounts.
Riders will still be able to use cash on buses, single rate is $2.25 and purchase single ride, paper tickets or 1-day unlimited-ride paper tickets but only at rail stations. CTA and Pace will continue to maintain full control of our fare policy, but without the responsibility of day-to-day maintenance and collection activities.