An­other de­lay for Presto

Cum­ber­land Ward Coun­cil­lor still op­ti­mistic

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts

paying the up to $7 mil­lion in Transpo’s costs that came with the orig­i­nal July 1 de­lay.

"The sil­ver lin­ing is that we’re get­ting a much bet­ter tax deal,"said a still hope­ful Blais. "I’m a big sup­porter of hav­ing a smart card. And presto is the card that coun­cil has cho­sen so we need to get on with us­ing it."

If the sys­tem is not func­tional by June 1, 2013, both par­ties re­serve the right to con­sider other op­tions for the pro­gram, and in par­tic­u­lar, to aban­don the de­ploy­ment of Presto cards in Ot­tawa, Metrolinx in­di­cated.

"99 per cent of the cards cur­rently op­er­ate,"said Bruce McCuiag, pres­i­dent of Metrolinx.

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