WINNIPEG – It has been ten years in the making, but Winnipeg Transit says their smart card system, known as peggo, is finally ready to operate.
The new fare card will be rolled out in phases, with seniors being the first group to use their cards starting July 4. That will be followed by full fare and youth passengers in early August.
“We don’t want a large rush of everybody getting the products at the same time causing lineups and overloading the system,” said Winnipeg Transit Director Dave Wardrop.
Transit riders can purchase the plastic cards at any 7-Eleven or Shoppers Drug Marts, online or over the phone.
The system was first promised in 2006 during the Sam Katz administration and was slated to be ready in 2013, however several glitches have pushed the project. Wardrop says they have it right this time around.
“All indications are that the system is going to operate properly,” said Wardrop.
“One would anticipate some bugs or some issues. We are certainly aware of none and thorough testing has indicate we’ve got a strong system at this point.”
There are two types of fares which can be loaded onto peggo cards. First, e-passes which will replace paper passes and are valid for an unlimited number of trips during a set number of consecutive days. Also, e-cash which replaces paper tickets.
More information can be found at Winnipeg Transit’s website.