Durbin, Lipinski Announce $400,000 To Upgrade Ventra App System To Include Divvy Bikes

CHICAGO – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03), today announced that the Federal Transit Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has awarded the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $400,000 to develop two modifications to the Ventra App that will allow customers to more easily access Divvy bikes at more than 580 bike share stations throughout Chicago. The enhancements will allow the nearly one million Ventra App customers to locate Divvy bike share stations and check bike/dock availability, as well as pay for Divvy bike rentals through the App using Ventra transit value. This project is in partnership with Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).
“This announcement brings us one step closer to a greener Chicago. Now Chicago residents and visitors can breathe easy knowing these technology enhancements increase access to the Divvy bike system, which keeps additional cars off the road and improves air quality,” said Durbin. “I commend the Department of Transportation for recognizing the importance of Divvy bikes to Chicago’s public transit system and bringing it further into the 21st century.”
“In addition to being Illinois' most senior member on the U.S. House Transportation Committee, I am also an avid cyclist, so I’m extremely pleased to be able to help the CTA and CDOT with their efforts to improve ridership on this growing program” said Lipinski.  “Giving this bike sharing system and other creative transportation alternatives a boost just makes sense.  It’s good for the health of the region, the environment, and helps address the ongoing challenges that come with congestion.”