Chicago transit agencies implement new mobile ticketing system

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CHICAGO –Transit users around Chicago will soon be able to better access, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace ticketing systems from their smartphones. The new Ventra mobile app can be used to pay for rides on all three-transit systems through easy-to-use smartphone devices.

The app will allow users to add transit value and loaded passes onto their Ventra cards, as well as check account balances and receive real-time account alerts. Metra riders will also be able to purchase and display tickets on their smartphones using a Ventra account, or personal credit or debit card.

The new application was approved this week by CTA’s board of directors, but still must obtain approval from Metra’s board.

“CTA, Metra and Pace have been working together closely to develop an app that will improve the customer experience and give transit riders new ways to pay fares that were impossible before the CTA implemented a modern, open-fare payment system,” says CTA President Forrest Claypool.

The free app, which will be developed by the CTA, Metra, and Pace will be available for download on Apple and Android devices starting in 2015. More expanded account management features will be rolled out with an application update later into next year.

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