Ventra vents: the best reactions to the CTA's new fare system
Mon Sep 9 2013
Ventra, the Chicago Transit Authority's new fare system which sounds more like a new prescription medication, debuted today. As the CTA phases out existing cards, those who haven't made the switch should keep in mind these deadlines, when users will no longer be able to load fares: October 7 for Chicago Card Plus and Chicago Card users, and November 15 for disposable cards. On December 15, the CTA will cease honoring all non-Ventra cards.
After the morning commute, the "new way to pay on the CTA" has garnered mixed reactions, with the CTA managing rider frustration on Twitter (thanks to the RedEye, the hashtag VentraVents was popular) along with a Blue Line derailment at O'Hare.
From the get-go, there was suspicion among commuters.
There were people in Ventra shirts handing out pamphlets on Ventra at Howard station. Yeah, how about fuck you, Ventra.— Elliott Junkyard (@elliottjunkyard) September 9, 2013
So I can't use my cta card anymore?! Just this ventra bullshit. It's all a fuckin scam I just haven't figured out how yet.— Roland Samuelson (@12ozBears) September 9, 2013
Some users complained they had not yet received their cards in the mail from Ventra.
The new tech gave others troubles.
Ventra sucks. Why do I have to tap my card 8 times for it to work? Bye.— Fiona ;] (@FiFiFabu) September 9, 2013
I missed three trains bc the stupid curie kids didnt know how to work the ventra machine.— angie. (@_hamartiaa) September 9, 2013
Considering standing in front of a Ventra machine this afternoon for as long as it takes for me to figure this new system out. #cta— Kristen Britt (@kristenbritt_) September 9, 2013
Positive reactions were farther between.
This Ventra card thing is kinda smooth.— ChadStar Taylor (@ChadStarTaylor) September 9, 2013
the implementation of Ventra is my generation's Beatlemania— Thomas Mundt (@Jheri_Seinfeld) September 9, 2013
And then there was this person:
FUCK YOU CTA AND YOUR FUCKING VENTRA FUCK SHIT FUCK SHITTY ASS CUNTS shit— (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉtrifle Lin (@nopeaches) September 9, 2013