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Old Posted Mar 14, 2017, 7:30 AM
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im completely for the Main street LRT and the end of the line being Eastgate Mall
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Old Posted Mar 15, 2017, 3:21 PM
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Metrolinx using Presto fees to gouge 905, councillors say
(Toronto Star, Ben Spurr, Mar 14 2017)

Some councillors in the 905 region are fuming about a potential new deal for the Presto fare card system and are accusing the provincial transit agency of gouging smaller municipalities while giving Toronto a sweetheart deal.

For the past year 905 municipalities have been in negotiations with Metrolinx over a new operating agreement for Presto, the provincially owned fare card system used by transit systems across the region.

A deal has yet to be reached, but a report that went before the regional council of Durham Region last Wednesday revealed tentative terms of a potential 10-year deal.

According to the report, by 2021 the seven transit agencies in the 905 could have to pay a commission to Metrolinx equal to up to 9 per cent of fare revenue they collect through Presto. The municipalities currently pay a commission of 2 per cent, which Metrolinx uses to pay the operating costs of the fare card regime.

Under the terms of a deal the TTC inked with Metrolinx in 2012, the Toronto agency pays a commission of 4.65 per cent.



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Old Posted Mar 15, 2017, 6:46 PM
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I find things like this really irritating. Before Presto, Hamilton would have got all the fares and now we pay a chunk to Metrolinx for a very mediocre product that supports a bunch of people on the Sunshine List in Toronto. Eisenberger should lobby to move Metrolinx to Hamilton.
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Old Posted Mar 15, 2017, 7:27 PM
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I find things like this really irritating. Before Presto, Hamilton would have got all the fares and now we pay a chunk to Metrolinx for a very mediocre product that supports a bunch of people on the Sunshine List in Toronto. Eisenberger should lobby to move Metrolinx to Hamilton.
No. Because Hamilton would have to pay someone to collect and roll and deposit coins, or incentivize stores to stock tickets and bus passes and deal with the supply chain for those.
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Old Posted Mar 15, 2017, 7:41 PM
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Metrolinx sweet deal - we will give you "free" LRT but you have to use Presto across your entire transit system and give us 9% of its revenue
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Old Posted Mar 16, 2017, 12:22 PM
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No. Because Hamilton would have to pay someone to collect and roll and deposit coins, or incentivize stores to stock tickets and bus passes and deal with the supply chain for those.
But 9% to collect cashless fares? That's outrageous. Another company with the infrastructure and knowledge - Visa, MasterCard, Interac, even AmEx - could have done the job at a fraction of the fee. Were they ever even approached about this? Makes me wonder who knows who to get such a sweet contract.
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But 9% to collect cashless fares? That's outrageous. Another company with the infrastructure and knowledge - Visa, MasterCard, Interac, even AmEx - could have done the job at a fraction of the fee. Were they ever even approached about this? Makes me wonder who knows who to get such a sweet contract.
OMG, that is outrageous. Even in Montreal it's near 0.5%.
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It's a big day tomorrow, council last real chance to kill LRT. Council will vote on the B-Line LRT ETA.

Though, I believe we're so far along the process that even the most vocal opponent will hesitate to pull the plug.
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^Some of these Councillors have no shame. Nothing surprises me about them anymore...
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