IL: Deadline to Transfer Old CTA Fare Card Balances

Sept. 02--CTA riders who still have old farecards tucked away in wallets, purses and junk drawers have until today to mail them to the CTA to transfer remaining balances to registered Ventra cards, transit officials are reminding customers. Farecards must be mailed along with current Ventra card information on a completed form available at CTA rail stations and online at www.transitchicago.com/mailintransfer. All mail must be postmarked by Tuesday, officials said.

All cards must have an expiration date of Dec. 15, 2013, or later, and only the following cards will be accepted: Full-fare, reduced-fare or student-fare stored-value magnetic stripe transit cards; full- or reduced-fare 30-day passes, unused and in their original sealed packaging; Chicago Cards and O'Hare employee smart cards; and RTA-issued reduced-fare permits.

For Chicago Card Plus cards, customers can continue to transfer their balances to a Ventra account online at www.ventrachicago.com. The mail-in option is not available for Chicago Card Plus.

The CTA started the mail-in program in July and has transferred balances totaling more than $45,000 from more than 6,000 legacy fare cards.

Balances will be transferred within 30 days after the CTA receives a mail-in request, officials said. Customers who provide email addresses will receive email notification of when their balances have transferred.

More information on how the balance transfer works is available at www.transitchicago.com/mailintransfer.

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