March 25, 2013
Those who qualify for lower transit fares or are in the free-rides program won't be able to open a prepaid debit account when the agency's versions of the new Ventra fare card are available. The restriction was set to protect seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income residents from potential problems.
March 14, 2013
The new system, set to launch in summer 2013, will replace the current payment via magnetic stripe cards and Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus.
February 15, 2013
One of the companies behind the Chicago Transit Authority’s Ventra open payment fare pass and debit card received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau. The rating was based on nearly 100 complaints in the last three years.
September 27, 2012
Beginning in summer 2013, Ventra will enable customers to pay for rides with contactless payment methods, including Ventra Cards; Ventra Tickets for single-ride and one-day passes; and personal bank-issued debit and credit cards equipped with a contactless chip.
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