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MarioM last won the day on September 8 2015

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  1. If you have a credit/debit card, you can add transit value and passes by phone (regular voice phone, not new-fangled smart phones) by calling 1-877-NOW-VENT, You can also order a card or register a card over the phone.
  2. DNAinfo is reporting that both the 11 and the 31 are being restored in the spring of 2016. The No. 11 Bus On Lincoln Avenue Is Coming Back, CTA Announces Edited to add: Sorry, jessi2282 beat me to it.
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  4. Just as an aside, while CTA and Pace will be operating holiday schedules, Metra will be operating their regular weekday schedules on Friday. Also Metra will either hold the last train of the night or add an extra train between 1:15 am and 1:25 am on Friday and Saturday. http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/service_updates/july-3rd-early-quit-schedules.html
  5. In the graphic that appears on page 7 of the presentation, the thin blue line is supposed to represent Route 270. Note that Route 270 extends north on Milwaukee from Golf Mill. Also note that there is a thin blue line going east on Dempster from Milwaukee. There is no explanation for the line on Dempster. I hope they are not saying 270 will only run to Dempster Street. Page 12 says headways on local Route 270 will be reduced to 30 minutes.
  6. I would also suggest you get the card online if time allows and if you live in the United States (they do not ship internationally). If you cannot do that, then there are Ventra Vending Machines located at the entrance to the O'Hare train station. This video shows how to buy a Ventra Card loaded with cash ("Transit Value") and then use it to pass through the turnstiles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VhLv0ZMuqg If you discover that you did not add enough Transit Value and want to add more later at another machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vROHxKz0ok If you would rather add an unlimited ride pass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WHXlrcYbiE Note that the machines accept cash and credit cards, but do not make change. If you want to use a credit card, it will ask you for a Zip Code, which will be a problem for foreign travelers. Some foreign travelers have reported that a random 5-digit number will work. One traveler had success with 60601.
  7. If the adults are paying single ride fares, why on Earth would you want to buy the child a $10 unlimited 1-day pass? Is the child going to go on a riding spree without the rest of the family?
  8. You can use a 1-day, 3-day, 7-day, or 30-day pass at no extra charge to enter at O'Hare. There is also no extra charge for reduced fare riders (senior citizens, handicapped. children, military). There is no extra charge for people using a valid transfer (the usual 25 cents for a first transfer applies). So if you use a 7-day pass, that will be OK. The $5 fare applies to anyone paying single ride full-fare. This includes payments from Transit Value (cash) stored on Ventra Cards and to contactless credit cards. I think you may not understand what PAYG refers to. It refers to a fare paid with a personal contaclless credit card that has no Ventra Account associated with it (or does not have sufficient funds in the associated Ventra Account). You can associate a Ventra Account with a personal credit card at a Ventra Vending Machine. The PAYG fare at O'Hare is $5. How to associate a Ventra Account with a personal credit card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df-elixixB0
  9. I don't believe Ventra machines are supposed to give change.
  10. The Wikipedia uses a Tribune article from 2007 as its source. More recent articles say the current plan is exactly what you would like: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/15957738-418/ohare-to-extend-its-people-mover-2000-feet-to-rental-car-campus.html http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2013/08/23/ohare-airport-to-get-new-rental-car.html?page=all And for the last couple of years, they have been imposing an additional $8 per day tax on rental cars to pay for the new plans. (You didn't really think the rental car companies would pay for it, did you?)
  11. Jewel puts a Ventra card in your hand immediately. If you need to ride the bus today, it doesn't help if cards are available to order over the net. Jewel also lets people pay in cash. For all the unbanked masses in the inner city who don't have credit cards, this is an important feature. According to this Group Sales brochure: I assume the same applies to everyone who has a Ventra Terminal? Is Transit Value a "transit product"? On another subject: 1.5 percent won't even cover their credit card merchant fees if the customer pays by credit card. I assume that's why many Currency Exchanges only accept debit cards or cash for Ventra.
  12. http://www.transitchicago.com/news/default.aspx?Month=&Year=&Category=2&ArticleId=3315 $5 Ventra Card fee continues to be waived at retailers until July 7. The $5 one-time new card fee will continue to be waived until July 7 at the more than 1,300 drugstores, currency exchanges and other conveniently located retailers throughout the Chicago region that distribute Ventra Cards. The $5 fee also continues to be waived for all online and phone orders for Ventra Cards. Ventra Cards obtained at vending machines in CTA rail stations require a $5 one-time new card fee, which is immediately refunded as transit value upon registration of the card.
  13. And that was Ratjeev's question: whether he had to pay $28 or $33. Until 7/7, if you purchase at a retailer (Walgreens, CVS, Jewel, a currency exchange), you don't have to pay the $5 or register the card.
  14. Only until 7/7. Unless they extend it, after that point they will make you pay the $5 fee in addition to whatever pass or transit value you order, but immediately credit your account for $5 since you have to register it. The issue of foreign credit cards is interesting. Some foreign cards no longer have magnetic stripes, which means that the Ventra vending machines can't read them and so foreign visitors can't use them to pay for a Ventra card or ticket. Plus if you pay with a credit card, the machines demand that you enter a zip code, which people outside of the United States won't have. I've received reports from someone from Canada that entering a random number works for them and from someone from the UK that it doesn't. It might depend more on the issuer of the card than the country. I haven't been able to determine whether foreign contactless bank cards will work at Ventra card readers. It is my understanding that while the EMV (Chip & PIN) cards can be equipped with Paywave or a similar contactless feature, the data transmission standard it uses is different than the US cards.
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