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Ventra cards on way to RTA Ride Free, Reduced Fare and ADA Paratransit commuters

Updated: August 19, 2013 1:34AM

Commuters who have the RTA’s Ride Free, Reduced Fare or ADA Paratransit cards will start receiving new Ventra cards in September and continuing through November, the Regional Transportation Authority announced.

The Ventra cards are part of a new, regional transit-fare payment system that lets riders pay their fares with preloaded plastic cards. Both Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority are on the Ventra system.

The RTA faces a 2015 deadline to enable RTA commuters to use the same payment system as Pace, Metra and the CTA.

Reduced fare, ride free and ADA paratransit customers will use their new permits on Metra just as they do now.

Reduced fair and paratransit commuters who fail to use their Ventra card for 18 straight months will be charged a $5 monthly “dormancy” fee.

Applications to enroll in RTA fare programs can be obtained on the RTA website,, and at the customer service center at 165 N. Jefferson St. Customers can also call RTA customer service at (312) 13-3110 to have an application mailed to them.


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