Ventra hits 1 millionth tap

The new fare payment system will be available to all CTA riders Sept. 9. (September 3, 2013)

The CTA today logged its 1 millionth Ventra card tap as it continues to usher in its new fare payment system.

The CTA began officially using the system last month and it is now available to Chicago area university students, Chicago Public Schools students, CTA employees and some Chicago Card Plus users. All CTA and Pace riders will be able to use Ventra on Sept. 9.

"With just six days until Ventra is fully available to all CTA and Pace customers, hitting the 1-million mark underscores how quickly customers are taking to the new Ventra system," CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase told RedEye by e-mail.

The system is not without its glitches, though. Last week, parents of CPS students complained to the Tribune that their cards did not properly load with money. Meanwhile, not all Ventra readers on buses have been functioning.

The CTA said it is looking into these issues.

Meanwhile, the CTA on Friday announced deadlines for switching to Ventra. Chicago Cards will be phased out on Nov. 15 while magnetic stripe cards will no longer be allowed after Dec. 15.

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