Today’s Headlines for Friday, November 13

  • Despite Opposition, Construction of N. Branch Trail Extension Slated for November 30 (DNA)
  • Transit Agencies Announce Ventra App Will Launch Next Week (Tribune)
  • Pace Fare Hike Only Applies to Those Who Don’t Use Ventra (CBS)
  • 6 Weekend Express Trains in Each Direction Are Being Added to Rock Island Line (Sun-Times)
  • Driver Crashes Into Oak Park Metra Station After Suffering Medical Emergency (Tribune)
  • Source: Arson Suspected in Explosion at Pritzker Parking Garage That Burned 5 Cars (DNA)
  • LaSalle St. Bridge Closing Today for 3 Days During Riverwalk Work (Sun-Times)
  • Funding Problems for Buffalo Grove Crossing Guard Program (Herald)
  • 25-Story Rental Tower Proposed for Parking Lot Near Roosevelt Stop (Curbed)
  • Development Near Eastern Trailhead of The 606 Will Charge Rents of Up to $4K a Month (DNA)

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  • Pat

    John, where were you at 5:30 this morning!?

  • Anne A

    Great news about the Metra Rock Island extra trains being made permanent. That’s been a HUGE improvement on weekend service since it was introduced. BTW, your link above didn’t work for this story. Try this: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1093614/metra-makes-rock-island-weekend-express-trains-permanent

  • I thought about making a “Don’t blame us” joke in the headlines but suspected arson, even in a terrible parking garage, is not a laughing matter.

  • JeffParkNIMBY

    Yay to the North Branch Trail extension!

  • duppie

    The tribune article implies that you can use your phone to pay for rides on CTA and Pace. You can’t. Sloppy writing, to say the least

  • Pat

    I’ve done it before with a NFC sim-card in my phone and Softcard.

  • JeffParkNIMBY

    You can pay like that if you use Google Wallet (or whatever it’s called), similar to how you can use other touchless credit cards. However, when you do this, there are no transfers. It is full fare every time you swipe.

    If you’re adventurous, you can load money to your phone like it was a Ventra card. But I wouldn’t do that because it’s unclear how to transfer the balance if your phone gets destroyed.

    In the future, they say they may allow your phone and the app to use its built in NFC to pay with Ventra value. That doesn’t exist yet.

  • duppie

    Of course you can. But not from within the Ventra app using the phone as a complete replacement of your Ventra card. That functionality is likely 8+ months away.

  • Pat

    Ahh gotcha.