Thursday, June 3, 2010

Welcome to the 1990s


Finally, Southcentral Ontario is getting a smart card for the various local and inter-city transit systems -- called "Presto" (how imaginative).   No more having to get multiple passes and tickets to go from one county to the next or on the GO.   Thing is ... New York City has had a smart card system since -- wait for it -- 1994.  Hong Kong (the Octopus), since 1997.   London (the Oyster), since least 2004.  

Why are we always the last to get these things?   Okay, they're making upgrades to the train station in Hamilton's downtown and buses are slowly having the readers installed for the rollout this fall.   But really ... why the wait?

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