CTA To Giveaway 5,000 Free Ventra Cards

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWRADIO) -- Who wants a free Ventra card?

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will host Tuesday the first in a series of community giveaway events to distribute 5,000 free Ventra cards from its Community Connection Bus.

The cards, sponsored by Chicagoland-based Butcher Boy Cooking Oils, will be distributed at the city's Racial Equity Rapid Response Team's food distribution pop-up event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Save-A-Lot grocery store parking lot at 7908 South Halsted Avenue.

CTA will also be handing out its “Travel Healthy” kits, which feature a disposable cloth face mask, hand sanitizer, and tips for healthy travel.

Future distribution dates and locations will be announced soon, the CTA said in a statement.

CTA's Ventra cards enable contactless payment—a user simply taps the card onto a fare reader for a quick transaction. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as CTA continues to encourage contactless, touchless transactions, in keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding healthy travel on public transit.