Pace planning switch to new fare system in December

Pace bus riders can expect some changes in the near future as the agency is preparing to switch to a new fare system.

Pace will switch to a system called Ventra, which will replace the outdated fare boxes currently in use on Dec. 15, according to reports.

Ventra will allow riders to pay for Pace and CTA fares using one card while allowing customers to more easily manage their accounts online, via phone, or at Ventra retail outlets.

On its website, Pace said the Ventra system will be valid on all Pace premium and regular fare routes.

As part of the switch, Pace is proposing to eliminate the 10-Ride Plus tickets and replace them with the Ventra card. If approved by the Pace Board of Directors, 10-Ride Plus tickets will not be sold after Nov. 18 and will not be valid as of Dec. 15.

In addition to paying fares, the Ventra card can be used as a debit card for purchases wherever MasterCard is accepted, according to the Ventra website.