Starting Monday, CTA riders will no longer be able to buy magnetic-striped cards at L stations.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"Chicago Transit Authority riders who haven’t received their new Ventra cards in the mail by Monday won’t be able to buy magnetic-striped cards as backup.
The move to the new Ventra payment system kicks into high gear Monday as the CTA discontinues the sale of the magnetic-striped cards in L stations.
Registered Chicago Card holders who haven’t received their new Ventra cards face a double-whammy: They can’t reload their old cards. But Chicago Card Plus holders can still automatically reload their cards until Nov. 15.
In years past, only 5 percent of rides were purchased with Chicago Cards; 19 percent were bought with Chicago Card Plus cards, and a whopping 75 percent were purchased with magnetic-striped cards.
So riders used to paying as they go with a paper card may be forced to jump on the Ventra plastic fare card bandwagon Monday, unless they already have magnetic cards they can reload.
The last batch of Ventra cards were mailed to registered Chicago Card and Chicago Card Plus holders last Monday, CTA officials said."