April 27, 2014 |
For three years, Brittney Lane has been in a relationship that works. The Logan Square resident said she has never felt disappointed or frustrated, since her significant other is drama-free and dependable. (For the record, her boyfriend disapproves of this union.) No matter, because Lane is headed for a breakup. Next month, she has to part with her beloved Chicago Card Plus. "I've had no problems at all with my Chicago Card," said Lane, 25. "I am very attached to it I guess -- as much as a person can be attached to their transit card.
April 2, 2014 |
CTA riders enrolled in a pre-tax transit program who haven't switched to Ventra must transition by Friday, the CTA said Wednesday. Starting Friday, Chicago Card Plus users who pay for transit using pre-tax funds through their employee benefits will have to use their Ventra cards to access these funds. These programs allow riders to pay for their commute using pre-tax income. "While most employees have made the switch to the modern, account-based fare payment system, the CTA wants to remind the small number of employees still...
January 20, 2014 |
After riding the No. 22 Clark bus last month, TJ Holly of Rogers Park noticed his pocket was a little lighter. Thankfully, his wallet was still there - but his Ventra card was gone. He logged onto ventrachicago.com Dec. 15 to report his card missing and request a replacement card. And then he waited. And waited some more. In the meantime, he walked instead of riding the bus. Then he bought a new card from a Ventra vending machine. His replacement card never came in the mail, though Ventra says normal delivery of replacement cards is...
January 19, 2014 |
It's time for change, Chicago. Or rather, it's time for Ventra. Change, tokens, magnetic stripe cards, Chicago Cards - the CTA's been there, done that over the past 50 years. Now Ventra is set to completely replace magnetic stripe and Chicago Cards likely sometime soon (though cash still will be accepted on buses). Fare payment system changes are rare, and the transition to Ventra hasn't been smooth. Ventra was supposed to replace Chicago Cards and magnetic stripe cards last year, but the CTA relaxed those deadlines so glitches could be fixed.
January 13, 2014 |
Perhaps it's time to set up a red carpet outside CTA buses. Sometimes it seems like the amount of time it takes to tap your Ventra card to board a bus is equal to the time it takes to flash your ID to get into a club. The CTA, though, says split-second boarding is the norm. Recent data shows that about 60 percent of the time, Ventra taps on buses were processed in 0.5 seconds or less, but about 35 percent of the time, bus taps were accepted in 1.1 to 2.5 seconds. Less often, bus taps were processed in 0.6 to 1 second (about 3.5...
January 7, 2014 |
It's over. The city is celebrating positive Fahrenheit temperatures with more excitement than if the CTA had announced it was dropping those pesky Ventra cards. The Polar Vortex, #ChiBeria, the weather that gave the entire Chicagoland area an excuse to claim hard liquor as a substitute for water because the pipes were all frozen, is gone. Work was done at home. Approximately 73,923 Instagrams of frost ON THE INSIDE OF THE WINDOWS, YOU GUYS were shared. Idiots burned themselves throwing boiling water out their backdoors and...