This week, CDOT reps acknowledged the ongoing testing and the planned future implementation of Ventra fare card integrating with the city’s growing Divvy bicycle sharing system. At a Monday luncheon at the City Club of Chicago, CDOT leaders indicated that the city is still working on Ventra integration using the smartphone app, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. In addition CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld praised the success of the Divvy program and referred to the bike sharing system as “Chicago’s newest transit service,” the Sun-Times reports.
The update on CDOT’s plan to integrate the Ventra digital fare card with Divvy comes after a big milestone: Divvy has racked up 12 million individual rides to date. And with the success of the program comes another big expansion. By the end of this year, the city plans to add 40 new stations and 400 more bikes to the system. This year’s expansion is just one of several to happen since the Divvy bicycle sharing system was launched in 2013 with with 750 bikes at 75 stations.
In addition to Divvy’s continued expansion and use, the CTA has also just recently announced a milestone for the Ventra app. This week, the CTA announced that the Ventra app has been downloaded over two million times and has been used to purchase nearly $250 million in transit fares. The milestone comes less than two years after the Ventra app was first launched. Last year, the city was award a $400,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration for the planned integration of the Ventra fare card and Divvy.