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updated: 10/8/2013 7:54 AM

Changes to CTA, Pace fares continue with Ventra

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  • The fare card changes are part of the new Ventra payment system that's being launched by the CTA and Pace, the suburban bus system.

      The fare card changes are part of the new Ventra payment system that's being launched by the CTA and Pace, the suburban bus system.
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The latest changes to fare cards used by Northern Illinois public transit passengers is going into effect.

Starting Monday, the Chicago Transit Authority will stop selling magnetic strip cards and passes. Meanwhile, travelers who use the Chicago Card won't be able to reload money onto the cards.

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The changes are part of the new Ventra payment system that's being launched by the CTA and Pace, a suburban bus system.

Ventra is replacing the transit agencies' nearly 20-year-old payment system and is being phased in over the fall.

Officials say Ventra cards now account for about a third of all CTA and Pace rides and say 900,000 new Ventra accounts have been created.

Ventra will ultimately replace all CTA and Pace fare cards by Dec. 15.

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