WINNIPEG – A long awaited smart card system for Winnipeg Transit is officially available for everyone to use Monday.
The city’s new Peggo Cards have embedded microchips that transit users tap on a farebox. There are two types of fares: an e-pass, which are valid for unlimited trips, and e-cash, which replaces paper tickets.
The smart cards first launched July 4, but were only available for seniors to use.
The $17 million system was originally supposed to be in place in June 2013, but technology issues kept pushing the date back.
Cards can be purchased at all 7-Eleven stores and all Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Winnipeg. They can also be purchased at Winnipeg Transit or by calling 311.
During the launch period, riders can continue using paper passes and tickets and are encouraged to use these items, as they will no longer be sold in the new year. Cash fares will still be accepted.