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New CTA fare plan

The CTA is implementing a new fare plan, called “Ventra.” Not everyone is happy about it.

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New Ventra fare vending machines at CTA red line Grand and State rail station in Chicago, Thursday, March 7, 2013. The machines have not debuted yet and read “Coming soon.” (Heather Charles / Chicago Tribune)

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Anisha Sekar, vice president of Credit and Debit Products. joins Mike to discuss the Chicago Transit Authorities new Ventra card system.

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New Ventra fare vending machines at CTA red line Grand and State rail station in Chicago, Thursday, March 7, 2013. (Heather Charles / Chicago Tribune)

The CTA’s new Ventra card will no longer come with two service fees.

Chicago Tribune’s transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch joins Mike to discuss the Chicago Transit Authorities new Ventra card fare system, how it works and what you need to know!

Do you have questions? Feel free to email jhilkevitch@tribune.com.

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New Ventra fare vending machines at CTA red line Grand and State rail station in Chicago, Thursday, March 7, 2013. The machines have not debuted yet and read “Coming soon.” (Heather Charles / Chicago Tribune)

Turi considers the pros and cons of the CTA’s Ventra system with Kevin O’Neil, who writes the “CTA Tattler” blog for Chicago Now.

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Trains come and go at the congested Belmont St. station in Chicago, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Transit Authority will be implementing a new payment system starting this summer. The plan introduces the Ventra card, which is linked to a credit or debit card account. But cash-paying riders will have to pay extra. Turi learns the details from Brian Steele, VP of communications and marketing for the CTA.

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New Ventra fare vending machines at CTA red line Grand and State rail station in Chicago, Thursday, March 7, 2013. The machines have not debuted yet and read “Coming soon.” (Heather Charles / Chicago Tribune)

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