Discount CTA Summer Passes. Since the L is deserted and bus ridership is way down the CTA, as part of the Chicago’s “Open Chicago” initiative, is offering reduced pricing on three unlimited-ride passes from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2021. This is available to all not just tourists.
From Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 28) through Labor Day (Monday, September 6), the CTA is discounting the price of the following three unlimited-ride passes:
Promotional 1-Day CTA Pass: $5 (down from $10). Good for unlimited rides for one person for 24 hours from first use.
Promotional 3-Day CTA pass: $15 (down from $20), Good for unlimited rides for one person for 72 hours from first use.
Promotional 7-Day CTA pass: $20 (down from $28). Good for unlimited rides for one person for 7 days from first use.
The promotional fares will be available for purchase at Ventra Vending Machines at CTA rail stations, on the Ventra app, Ventra website, over 1,000 retail locations, and by calling Ventra (877) 669.8368.
Discount CTA Summer Passes – Good deal
Since a one-way bus trip is $2.25 and a one-way L ride is $2.50 (plus 25 cents for a transfer) this can be a great deal if you’re taking multiple bus/L trips daily. You’ll have to do the math depending on your usage. All fares
- In the Ventra app from “Home” select “Add CTA/Pace Fare
- Select “Add a transit pass”
- Select pass. Click on “Go to checkout”.
- Click on “Payment method”. Your default payment method will be highlighted but if you have Transit value you will be able to use that.
- Click on “Purchase”. Enter your Ventra password.
- Go to “Home” screen and your pass will show up with the exact date and time it expires.
- You can add the pass to your Apple wallet and swipe when boarding transit. Or swipe your Ventra card that the pass was added to.
- Passes are not activated until first use.