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CTA and PACE roll out Ventra Cards, how would this affect your travel in Chicago?

A new payment system was introduced in September 2013 for Chicago area transit riders to pay for rides on Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Pace. The payment system, Ventra allows customers to use a single fare card for regional transit throughout the Chicago area.

The Ventra payment system looks to eliminate multiple magnetic-stripe cards and the Chicago Card/Chicago Card Plus currently used for fare payments. Ventra payment system relies on NFC technology to enable transactions at transit. Customers are able to pay for CTA and Pace bus and train rides with cashless payments such as:

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