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Ventra cards on sale at CTA stations, retail outlets, online

Evanston, IL 3/21/13 The equipment is in, but not yet up and running for the Ventra cards. PACE riders will soon be using the new Ventra card which will work as a debit card for the riders.  | Rob Dicker ~ Sun-Times Media
Ventra cards are now on sale. | File photo

For anyone who uses the CTA regularly, Ventra cards are now on sale. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

"Long-awaited Ventra transit cards go on sale at Chicago Transit Authority stations and 700 retail outlets Monday, offering travelers a new, faster tap-and-go way to pay for bus and train rides.

Some riders worried about long lines at the bright-blue Ventra machines say they won’t even try to buy Ventra cards Monday — but they don’t have to. Old fare cards will be accepted by the CTA and suburban Pace until Dec. 15.

Monday “is not like some magic cutoff that, if you don’t have a Ventra card, you’re out of luck,’’ CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said last week. “We’re going to spend several months running two systems, so there’s plenty of time for people to get Ventra cards before Dec. 15.”

But regular riders might find themselves forced to convert to Ventra before Dec. 15. Express and visitor pass machines will be decommissioned as of Monday. The number of old fare card vending machines will start dwindling this month, and they will disappear by Nov. 15.

Plus, the ability to reload fares on to existing cards ends Oct. 7 for Chicago Card Plus and Chicago Cards, and on Nov. 15 for stored-value magnetic-stripe paper cards."

[Read the full story at the Chicago Sun-Times] 

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