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ORD Blue Line +transfer=$5 or $5.25

Old Feb 19, 18, 12:35 am
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ORD Blue Line +transfer=$5 or $5.25

The CTA website says if you buy a single use ticket at ORD, it is $5 including transfers.
The CTA website doesn't say if you use a Ventra card and transfer from the Blue Line to a bus, is the fare $5 or $5 plus 25 cents for a transfer.

Have you used a Ventra card (not single use ticket) from O'Hare and made a transfer to a bus?

I have a Ventra card that I use once in a while when in Chicago.
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Old Feb 19, 18, 2:36 am
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The single-ride ticket at ORD comes with 2 transfers within 2 hours at no additional cost. The total cost is $5. However the transfers are good on CTA only (all of the L lines plus bus routes numbered 206 and lower).

If you are paying with a Ventra Card, $5 is deducted for the first ride when boarding at ORD. For a second ride within 2 hours on CTA, 25 cents is deducted. For a second ride on Pace (bus routes 208 and up), 30 cents is deducted. The third ride on CTA or Pace is free.

So, yes, there is a loophole in the system. If you need to transfer to a CTA vehicle, it is cheaper to buy a single-ride ticket at ORD. If you need to transfer to Pace, the single-ride ticket will not work.
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Old Feb 20, 18, 10:02 pm
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Unfortunately, Ventra's crap website only allows you to go back 100 transactions of history, regardless of date. That doesn't get me back to my last ORD trip to check for sure.
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Old Apr 19, 18, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by planko View Post
The single-ride ticket at ORD comes with 2 transfers within 2 hours at no additional cost. The total cost is $5. However the transfers are good on CTA only (all of the L lines plus bus routes numbered 206 and lower).

If you are paying with a Ventra Card, $5 is deducted for the first ride when boarding at ORD. For a second ride within 2 hours on CTA, 25 cents is deducted. For a second ride on Pace (bus routes 208 and up), 30 cents is deducted. The third ride on CTA or Pace is free.

So, yes, there is a loophole in the system. If you need to transfer to a CTA vehicle, it is cheaper to buy a single-ride ticket at ORD. If you need to transfer to Pace, the single-ride ticket will not work.
That is just one loophole in the system! If you use Ventra on a bus, it is 2.25 (after April fare increase), and then you can transfer to anything (bus or L) up to 2x for 0.25 total. Ventra on the L is 2.50, and a transfer to anything is also 0.25. So if you want to ride the train and transfer only once, you'll do better (save 0.25) by finding a bus, taking it one stop, and then proceeding to your intended trip.
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Old Apr 19, 18, 10:13 pm
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Originally Posted by fumje View Post
That is just one loophole in the system! If you use Ventra on a bus, it is 2.25 (after April fare increase), and then you can transfer to anything (bus or L) up to 2x for 0.25 total. Ventra on the L is 2.50, and a transfer to anything is also 0.25. So if you want to ride the train and transfer only once, you'll do better (save 0.25) by finding a bus, taking it one stop, and then proceeding to your intended trip.
Yes. Absolutely right.

You can save even more by finding a Pace bus (rather than a CTA bus) and transferring to the L, since Pace fares are 25 cents less than CTA fares. (Note that Pace raised the transfer price TO a Pace bus from 25 to 30 cents for the first transfer this year, but the first transfer to a CTA bus or train from Pace is still 25 cents.)

And note that when boarding at O'Hare with a transfer, the price is still only 25 cents for the first transfer and free for the second.
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Old Apr 27, 18, 12:04 pm
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You can also avoid the surcharge for boarding at O'Hare entirely by purchasing an unlimited pass.
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