Ventra app surpasses 1 million downloads

SHARE Ventra app surpasses 1 million downloads
bx122_1ab2_9.jpg

Sun-Times file photo

The Ventra app has been downloaded more than one million times in less than a year since its debut, Metra announced Sunday.

The free transit app that allows riders to pay their CTA, Metra and Pace fares has surpassed one million downloads and been used to buy more than $110 million in fares, according to a statement from Metra.

“The Ventra app is a fast and easy way to buy and display Metra mobile tickets, and that’s why it has really caught on with Metra customers – it now accounts for nearly one in four of our ticket sales,” Metra CEO Don Orseno said in the statement.

“We’ve really put a ticket vending machine in the pocket of every customer who owns a smartphone,” Orseno said.

The app was launched in November 2015.

The Latest
Preckwinkle said Tuesday night she looks “forward to all the good work that lies ahead” as her opponent, Richard Boykin — a former Cook County Board commissioner — conceded the race: “The voters have spoken, and I stand by their decision.”
Ramirez was up 65% to Villegas’ 25%, with more than half of the 551 precincts counted.
As the results came in, Miller’s supporters filled a ballroom at a hotel here for her election-night party, sharing stories about driving voters to the polls — and talking about the heat their candidate has faced in social media since her “white life” gaffe.
Lakendra Porter, 24, was charged with aggravated battery with use of a deadly weapon and reckless conduct, police said.
About 20% of registered Chicago voters had turned out by Tuesday evening, an unofficial total that would mark the lowest rate for the city since 2014.