So why would they waste time implementing the old system if they were going to replace it right after putting it in??
I find it hard to believe that the 2nd generation machines in Ottawa couldn't eventually accept 1st generation cards. That would mean as 2nd generation cards start being used in the GTA, there will be 5 years of confusion while some GTA cards work in Ottawa, and some don't. Obviously as they start rolling out 2nd generation cards in the GTA, they will obviously have to accept 1st generation cards (though I wonder if Accenture has actually realised that yet )I'm guessing it's a tech issue. Ottawa cards are second gen. GTA cards are to be upgraded to this level in a few years. When you go to the PRESTO website, the Ottawa site is segregated from the GTA site. The one big difference I see is the Ottawa users get custom userids and passwords to log in while the GTA uses the card number and a custom 4-digit PIN.
EDIT: from PRESTOCard on Twitter: "The latest version of PRESTO is in Ottawa. When the GTHA switches over, they will be compatible!"
At some point you have to install something. It is like home electronics.....if you did not buy a beta because VHS was coming and then didn't buy a VHS because DVD was coming and then didn't by DVD because Blue Ray was coming and then wondered why you would buy that because vid on demand and pvr made that moot.......and so on....you might still be watching cbc in black and white with rabbit ears on your tv
If you're going to make such an analogy, then it should be brought up:Except a BluRay player can also read DVDs. I cannot understand why PRESTO 2G will not be backwards-compatible.
Agreed, but I think it would be interesting to see how many Stouffville (potential) riders would actually benefit from having the trains stop at the common stations. I feel that what transit planning in this city lacks most is good information on where people are actually going. As it stands now, we don't know if a move like this will benefit a dozen or ten thousand people. I don't know what the magic number is though.
Is the TTS and transport modelling not sufficent?
You might get it for GO, but all the other systems are tap-on only, so you'll only see someone tap on a single bus, not the 3 subway trains, and bus they took afterwards (in an extreme example).I'll take whatever data I can get, but I dream of the day when we have mandatory tap-in, tap-out on PRESTO so we can see where people board, where they leave and what route they take to get there.