April 23, 2021

Ventra Card info

Ventra cards are here to stay so I have been boning up on how best to use them.

You can get your initial card at Ventra vending machines in CTA rail stations, online at www.ventra.com, by phone 1 (877) NOW-VENTRA, at Ventra Retailers (mentioned below) or at the Ventra Customer Service Center at 165 N. Jefferson Street near CTA headquarters. You can add value at any of those locations as well with cash or credit/debit cards.

I always mean to add transit value at home on the Ventra web site, but I frequently find myself out and about with an empty Ventra card. Of course, you can add value at a CTA station, but I find it easiest to load the car at commercial ventures, such as CVS and Walgreen’s, at certain liquor stores and groceries and at currency exchanges. The Ventra web site has a location finder.

Did know that you can pay for up to seven people on your card if you have enough transit value on it? The CTA offers discount Ventra cards for elementary and high school students. Children under 7 are free if accompanied by a fare-paying customer.

Ventra users can also use their iPhone 6 Plus or the upcoming iWatch if your bankcard is loaded onto your device. You just walk through the turnstile and your phone deducts the fare from your Ventra account. Rather like the iPass. That may take me a while to figure out!


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