Today’s Headlines

  • Citizens Vent About Ventra at CTA Budget Hearing (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • A Sarcastic Guide to the Benefits of Ventra (HuffPo)
  • Active Trans Leads Study to Improve the Illinois Prairie Path
  • Man dies in Rollover Crash on Dan Ryan at 87th (Tribune)
  • Charges Filed Against Trucker Who Fell Asleep at Wheel, Killing Trooper (Tribune)
  • Vet Stops Woman’s Suicide Attempt at Argyle Station (CBS)
  • Local Responses to “Is It OK to Kill Cyclists?” (Steven Can Plan, Tiny Fix)
  • Can Handlebar Cams Save the Day in Bike Crash Cases? (Crain’s)
  • Parking Ticket Geek Provides Tips on Fighting Fines (DNA)
  • Former ‘L’ Racing Champ Adham Fisher Wants to Set Record on Boston’s T (Boston)
  • CTA Using Social Media to Track Down Woman Who Left Alligator at O’Hare (Tribune)
  • Yep, Somebody Recorded a (Slightly NSFW) Ventra Rap Song (RedEye)

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Today’s Headlines

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RTA Investigating Ventra Snafus (Tribune, NBC) Local Politicans Unhappy With Low DBE Participation in Ventra Contract (Sun-Times) Preckwinkle Appoints Ex-Banker to RTA Board (Tribune) Driver hits 4 Cars and Flees After Fight Near Zoo; No Injuries (Tribune) After Pedestrian Injuries, New Stoplight at Broadway/Balmoral (DNA) One Month Later, Red Line Rehab Still Getting Rave Reviews […]

CTA to Reduce Fees for Ventra Debit Card

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The Chicago Transit Authority announced this morning that some of the fees associated with using the optional debit account on a Ventra transit card will be eliminated or reduced. There were never fees associated with using Ventra to ride transit. But there are fees associated with the Ventra-linked retail debit account that card holders can […]

Today’s Headlines

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CTA Provides a Performance Update on Ventra (Sun-Times, RedEye, NBC) Cubic Claims Ventra Will Be Running Smoothly by End of Year (Tribune) 47th Ward Doing “Block Audit” Survey As Part of Participatory Budget Process (DNA) Motorist Killed in Metra Crash after Driving Around Crossing Gates (Tribune, NBC) Driver Finally Charged in 2012 Death of Cicero […]

You Might Already Be Ready to Use Ventra

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Ventra, you may have heard, is the new fare payment system for Chicago Transit Authority and Pace. (Metra will not be joining the Ventra system, and is currently testing other fare payment methods.) CTA is switching to Ventra to save $5 million per year on maintaining outdated fare collection technology, according to spokesperson Lambrini Lukidis. […]