Metra plans to offer mobile ticketing, Ventra paying options

A Ventra payment option is shown. | Sun-Times Media File

Metra may offer two new options for riders to pay for tickets, including a mobile and Ventra option. According to Chicago Sun-Times:

Metra is preparing to offer mobile ticketing by Jan. 1, as well as to allow some riders to buy tickets at stations with the tap of new Ventra cards or any contactless credit card, officials said Friday.

The new mobile ticketing system will allow riders to buy tickets on their smart phones using a credit, debit or Ventra card; they’d show conductors their tickets merely by holding up their phones, said Metra’s Ventra point person Lynnette Ciavarella.

The new phone app will be tested in a pilot program this fall, Ciavarella said. By Jan. 1, it should accept either the “transit” or the optional “retail” side of Ventra cards to pay for rides.

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