Plan to Merge Ventra App With Divvy Receives Federal Grant
Just weeks after Chicago was named the best U.S. city for biking, plans are underway to make the bicycle sharing program Divvy more convenient for CTA riders.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd District) announced a $400,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration that will go towards developing the Ventra app to allow better access to Divvy bikes.
According to a press release, the upgrades will give users of the Ventra app the ability to “more easily locate Divvy bike share stations, view bike and dock availability, and seamlessly pay for Divvy bike rentals through the app using Ventra transit value.”
“One of the biggest issues all the time with public transportation is the last mile of getting from your home to the station or from the station to wherever you’re going,” said Lipinski, who serves on the U.S. House Transportation Committee and describes himself as an “avid cyclist.” “Having an easier way to use Divvy with public transportation will help encourage more people to use the CTA,” he said.
The grant will create a partnership between the CTA and the Chicago Department of Transportation, which operates the 580 Divvy bike sharing stations across the city.
“As we noted when the Ventra app was launched nearly a year ago, CTA will look for ways to expand and partner with other entities,” said CTA spokeswoman Irene Ferradaz in an email. “We look forward to working with Divvy on this project and will collaborate with them on the development and launch of this new functionality.”
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