The Chicago Transit Authority restored the old fare options on Wednesday after a shaky transition to the new Ventra system.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"It was just the news Fern Fox McCain wanted to hear as she strolled up to the Ventra card vending machine at the Merchandise Mart’s L station.
The Chicago Transit Authority reversed course Wednesday and restored the fare options it took away just two days earlier as it tries to encourage riders like her to switch over to Ventra.
That means magnetic stripe cards are still for sale at CTA vending machines.
And yes, McCain and other Chicago Card holders can keep reloading money on their cards, for now.
“I’m so excited!” McCain said, walking away from the Ventra machine.
CTA President Forrest Claypool said the changes his agency tried to enforce Monday are now on hold while Ventra vendor Cubic Transportation triples from about 100 to 300 the number of operators in its customer service call centers. Claypool said that could take “several weeks.”"