Mock Ventra Twitter handle spoofs CTA's bumpy public relations ride

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 10/09/2013, 05:01pm

Riders are venting their spleen on social media about the rollout of Ventra, the new “open-fare” payment system that allows customers to use the same contactless card to pay fares on both the CTA and Pace transit systems. And the operator of @chicagoventra — a mock Ventra Twitter handle — is spoofing how officials are managing the bumpy ride, 140 characters at a time. Some of the gems include “VENTRA: Latin for Failure #Ventra” and even a detour around the problems: “Maybe if you just tried tying two squirrels to the bottom of your shoes, I bet they could run you home pretty fast. #Ventra #Chicago.”