CTA Users Upset Over Cash Fare Increase

Riders not using the Ventra card this summer will have to pay 75 cents more for a one-way fare

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013  |  Updated 8:35 AM CDT
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Chicago Transit Authority officials have found a way to strongly encourage commuters to use its new Ventra fare card.

Riders paying cash instead of using the new cards -- which will be rolled out this summer -- will have to pay $3 for each one-way fare, which is 75 cents more than the regular fare.

At a public meeting Monday night, many people complained about the new plan, saying it's unfair to the elderly, disabled and poor.

But CTA officials say the increase can be avoided by simply purchasing the Ventra card.

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