[URBAN NOTE] “TTC votes to find out how much money it’s lost from faulty Presto card readers”
CBC News reports on the latest issue with Presto card readers in Toronto. This is ridiculous.
The TTC wants to recover money lost to faulty Presto machines — it just doesn’t know how much it’s missing.
The transit agency voted Tuesday to launch a new study to find out how much the lost fares have cost them; when the results come back, the bill may just end up with Metrolinx.
“Presto’s a lemon that we were forced to buy from the province,” Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong said after Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s been a horrible experience. It doesn’t work, it’s broken down.”
Coun. Joe Mihevc called for the study into Presto’s failure rate and how much Metrolinx, which runs the Presto system, should pay to make up for that lost revenue.
At any given time, the TTC figures that eight to 10 per cent of its Presto readers aren’t working.