Today’s Headlines

  • CTA Reducing or Cutting Bus Service on 9 Routes (Tribune)
  • Two Fees Dropped From Ventra Prepaid Debit Card (Tribune)
  • Looking at the Pros and Cons of Ventra (Active Trans)
  • Concerns About Diesel Fumes As Englewood Rail Yard Plan Advances (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • Green Line Riders Complain About Weekend Construction (DNA)
  • Quinn Announced $34 Million Rebuild of Bishop Ford Feeder Ramp (Tribune)
  • Jury Awards $8 Million to Family of Woman Fatally Struck on I-294 (Tribune)
  • Teen Charged With Reckless Homicide After Apparent Drag Racing Death (Tribune)
  • Man Dies After Crashing Car Into Loop ‘L’ Beam (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • Man in Critical Condition After Crashing Into Humboldt Park Light Pole (Sun-Times)
  • 1 Hospitalized After Mag Mile Crash (Tribune)

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  • Fred

    Good to see Active Trans be a voice of reason on Ventra. This is why I support them! I don’t know what Jon Hilkevich’s issue is but he certainly seems to have a personal vendetta against Ventra.

  • Fred

    Glad to see Active Trans being the voice of reason on Ventra. This is why I support them! I don’t know what Jon Hilkevitch’s issue is but he certainly appears to have a personal vendetta against Ventra.

  • Joseph Musco

    RFID fare collection is a good idea. Gouging the poor is not.

    Using the mass purchasing power of transit riders and the negotiating power of a major city agency CTA somehow managed to come up with a prepaid debit card that is 382% more costly than the one U.S. Bank gives people walking in off the street. That’s the story here.

    The transactions used in the Tribune/Nerdwallet analysis are industry standard benchmarks. It looks worse, not better, for the CTA if you start to include ATM transactions. Active Trans can say “CTA needs to step up the outreach” but if outreach means putting Forrest Claypool on TV to tell people spending $188 a year is a better deal than spending $39 then I’d rather CTA just rolled out Ventra as planned and went quiet on the matter.