Ventra for Pc

  • Category: Travel
  • Last Updated: 2018-08-29
  • Current version: 1.3.4890
  • File size: 21.00 MB
  • Developer: Chicago Transit Authority
  • Compatibility: Requires Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

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Downloading and installing Ventra on your Windows PC

Download Ventra for Windows: Ventra is an Travel App, developed by Chicago Transit Authority. The Travel App was officially released 2015-11-19. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Chicago Transit Authority, with the latest current version being 1.3.4890 which was officially released on 2018-08-29. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 1,222 Reviews on the App Store alone, with an average user rating of 2 out of a possible 5.

Using Ventra on your Windows computer is actually very easy but if you are new to this process, you will definitely need to pay attention to the steps listed below. This is because you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We will help you download and install Ventra on your computer in 4 simple steps below:

1: Download an Andriod Software emulator for Windows

The importance of the emulator is that it emulates or immitates an android environment on your computer, making it super easy to install and run android apps from the comfort of your PC without buying a phone that runs android. Who says you cannot enjoy both worlds? To begin, you can download such an emulator app made by too top dogs in the space.
A. Nox App . OR
B. Bluestacks App .
Personally, I recommend the "B" option as Bluestacks is very popular so if you run into any trobles using it, you can find good solutions on Google or Bing (lol). 

2: Now Install the Software Emulator on your Windows PC

If you successfully downloaded the Bluestacks.exe or Nox.exe, go to your Downloads folder on your computer or anywhere you ususally store downloaded files.
Once you have find it, click it to install the application. It should start the installation process on your PC.
Click Next to accept the EULA License agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application.
If you do the above correctly, the Software will be successfully installed.

3: How to Use Ventra for Windows PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10

Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and locate the search bar. Now type Ventra in the search bar and hit Search. You will easily see the app. Click on Ventra application icon. A window of Ventra will open and it will display the app in your Emulator Software. Hit the Install button and your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
Next, you will see the "All Apps" icon.
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the Ventra icon. Click on it and start using the application.

Hope it was not too difficult? If you have any further inquiries, contact me through the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page so I could help You. Have a nice day!

About Ventra

Developer Description

Ride CTA, Metra & Pace with Ventra: Manage your fares, buy Metra mobile tickets, get arrivals. Use transit in and around all of Chicago: It's easy to manage and pay your fare on CTA, Metra and Pace buses and trains with the Ventra app. Find all the features you're used to on the Ventra website and more, including mobile ticketing for Metra trains! With the Ventra app, you can: • Check your balance and available passes in your Ventra Card's transit account. • Instantly load value or passes to your Ventra Card's transit account. • Switch autoload for transit value or passes on and off. • Buy and use Metra mobile tickets to ride any Metra train. • Use transit value you've loaded to buy a Metra ticket. • Get real-time account notifications so you know when it's time to load more fare or buy more tickets. • Get real-time arrival/departure information from CTA, Metra and Pace all in one app—by picking a stop, using favorites or looking at service near where you're standing.

App Reviews

  • Needs Improvement

    By EACReview
    I have no complaints with connectivity... I have great service provider to thank for that! And I haven't had to reset my password or anything like that, so this is good! CTA (bus and train) estimates are pretty accurate, which is a major plus! I also love how I can add value to my card via app, and not have to physically go up to a ventra box, this makes my commute so much easier. Especially when I'm running behind schedule. My troubles come in with the PACE buses. The tracking isn't accurate at all. In fact, it's set and stone with the times. It'd be much better if it was tracked by GPS, similar to the CTA. (Ex. There's a stop at my job scheduled for 5:36 - EVERYDAY, EVERYTIME I check it around 5pm it says the same thing) and the bus is RARELY there at 5:36. Usually within ten minutes before or after. Secondly, I have a card that I can't register on this app, apparently because it's registered somewhere else. It'd be nice to register the same card on multiple accounts for shared users.
  • Don’t use special characters when naming your card

    By muse013
    Update to my original review: Their customer support gets 5 stars. I decided to call with the issue I had below (see original review) and surprise, surprise they were able to resolve my issue and allow me to see my card inside five minutes. Apparently the app does not like special characters as part of the card’s name. (Mine had an apostrophe). For those having issues syncing your card and the card has special characters trying going to the full website and changing the card’s name. It may work. ORIGINAL REVIEW: The app worked great for a year, then a stupidly lost my card. I went through the motions of ordering a new one and registered it on the web sight. BIG MISTAKE!! When I went to use the app and signed it it showed no cards. I tried syncing... nothing happened. I tried registering it again and I received the message saying the card was already registered. I tried deleting and reinstalling to the same effect. The app is now unusable which means instead of being able to breeze pass the ticket line I now have to join the masses in the wait. The app is broken. It works great for first time users but if the primary card is lost or stolen the app will become useless.
  • Don’t use for Metra tickets

    By TeenaaMiaa
    I’ve had 2 bad experiences which caused me to discontinue using this app for my Metra monthly pass. First, when I got a new phone, I had to call to get my monthly pass switched over to my new phone. It’s not as simple as downloading the app on your new phone. Since I didn’t know this and since I take the train so early, I had to buy a single ride ticket on top of the $180 I already paid for my monthly pass, until I could call customer service to manually move my electronic ticket to my new phone. Then, for whatever reason I wasn’t able to purchase my monthly ticket for October, even though I have been using the app for years with no problem. I got 2 error messages and the customer service reps couldn’t figure it out. Again I had to buy single ride passes until they could figure this out, which they never did. They also never called me back as promised. Would never recommend this company or app to anyone.
  • Difficult to do everything in app

    By KevinMcMahon
    Poor user experience, work flow, and overall very hostile to users trying perform tasks on a mobile device App is not updated for modern devices and screen form factors. Design of system stores your “ticket” on device but if your phone breaks, you get a new one or try to access ticket on a different device it is impossible in app to access your tickets. The function on the mobile website to recall and move the ticket to a new device is broken and doesn’t work forcing a call to their customer service which, surprise, is unpleasant and difficult. Accessing your account requires constant entering of password entry which encourages using weaker passwords. I get security but this doesn’t have to be this bad. Overall, a poorly executed, poorly thoughtout and incredibly frustrating app that riders are forced to deal with if they don’t want to manage paper tickets.
  • Great app when It works

    By Trevor966
    So i’d used this app many times to buy metra tickets as I commute to and from chicago often, I’m a student at depaul and wanted to register my ventra card with the app so I could add money to the card for the winter break (when depaul turns off the free ventra rides) after registering the card, The app wouldn’t open at all, so I redownloaded it and after logging in again, the app deleted all my saved metra tickets, and still didn’t show that the ventra card was registered, even after trying to register the card again, the app said “this card has already been registered” and yet still the app shows no registered ventra card, and literally deleted all the metra tickets I’d already spent my money on, I strongly STRONGLY recommend being very cautious while using this app, as any wrong move and they’ll take away tickets you already spent your money on, or better yet, DON’T GET THIS TERRIBLE APP
  • Not What I Thought

    By New To the Brand
    Originally I downloaded Ventra because I was looking for a good app to check nutrition information for local restaurants. I don’t even know if Ventra provides this information. If it does, the developers made it very hard to find. Those complaints aside, the app is pretty good at taking payment for train rides. It also holds train schedules and alerts you if they are running late. So, if you are looking for calories or carb content on local foods, I would try another app. But if you need to pay for train tickets, Ventra is better than any other app on my phone. I’ve literally tried them all, and hands down, Ventra is the only one the conductors will accept.
  • Two years away and performance improvements are poor

    By greg cells
    I moved away from the great city of Chicago, but in back often. I still use the buses, L, and trains, so I’ve never let my Ventra account die. Today was the first day I actually had to use the app (not just the card). It still makes me think of the disastrous roll out Ventra had. The app makes life more difficult than even the same app for SF (which believe me is no great shakes). The app doesn’t know how to interact with the most obvious features of iOS. Putting in a new credit card resulted in a $1 charge against my account without warning. Buying a Metra ticket crashed the app. While these problems aren’t exactly the problems I’ve had before, they are the same genre, same life-sucking annoyances. C’mon people, there are a lot of well designed transit apps. Get your act together.
  • Metra tickets useless without a signal

    By Splicefactor
    Even though Metra tickets are stored on your device so that - to quote directly from the Ventra Chicago website - "your tickets are still available even if you need to use your ticket in a place where you don't have an Internet connection", the app won't let you do anything if you don't have an internet connection because it gives you an Alert that says "you must connect to our servers before proceeding" that you can't close. Worse, you can only move monthly passes between devices once. My iPhone died recently and I had my monthly pass moved to my iPad so I could still access the ticket while I got my phone fixed. Turns out, since I don't have cell access on my iPad, I can't access the ticket at all. Now I'm out $171. Thanks, Ventra.
  • Was a great concept in theory

    By Louis Shines
    This app is trash. Very much and literally works when it wants. BEWARE....... always keep a couple bucks in you wallet because you might end up sitting waiting on your loved ones during a Chicagoland winter( like me )when the app decides to not load.. Better yet, how about not being able to click confirm on you ticket purchases???? Don’t we all love taking the million steps to make a online purchase only to be stopped in our tracks by a glitchy a— app?! Brilliant 🤦‍♂️ I’m sure it’s not stressful enough trying to coordinate a trip within the chiraqen borders, but thanks to this Horse excrement you can now be stranded in your least favorite stops, and neighborhoods on top of it. Be advised this app and the Ventra ticket machines all around Chicagoland can and will leave your backside high and dry. Stay warm Chicagoland commuters!!!
  • Password while adding new credit card.

    By nobodiespov
    So because there’s literally nothing to protect on this app, I never have to use my password. So I’ve forgotten it, it’s definitely a variation of something I use for everything. But I don’t get a chance to keep trying passwords when I want to add money. It sends me all the way back to another screen where I have to refill all my card info in. So thanks, now I know to alway load my card with cash because you guys have hoops that you make ya jump through for literally no reason. Like I need a password to put money on something! It makes more sense to make me type a password every time I swipe my card in public transit. I really hope this makes sense to someone, because based on your app, the makers seem to lack sense.