Ventra Meltdown: 15,000 CTA Riders Ride For Free After Card Reader Servers Crash At Rush Hour


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Just in time for the rush hour commute Wednesday evening, Ventra card readers at almost half of the CTA’s 145 rail stations citywide crashed — and remained shutdown for up to 90 minutes, the agency admitted to the Chicago Tribune.

The crash — blamed on a Ventra “server failure” — resulted in long lines at many stations before the agency opted to wave an estimated 15,000 commuters through the turnstiles for free ride, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Don’t worry though, Ventra operator Cubic Transportation Systems will pay the tab for the “free” rides, CTA said Wednesday.


Riders took to social media to document the hot-mess express that ensued:

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