Just when most retailers are adopting tap and NFC (near field communication), it has been recently confirmed that the much-delayed smart card system for Winnipeg Transit buses will be rolled out to Winnipeg riders. In June 10, 2016, a media launch was held to announce that the electronic reloadable microchip-enabled fare cards, called Peggo cards will be adopted by Winnipeg Transit buses and will be introduced in phases – Winnipeg senior riders will be able to start using the cards on July 4, while full-fare riders and youth riders can start to use them on August 8.
Originally, former mayor Sam Katz envisioned the said electronic-fare collection system in 2006. The city began planning the system in 2010 and announced that the rollout will be in 2013. But due to technological issues, the implementation was delayed.
Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Minneapolis have all adopted electronic payment systems for public transit, however, transit director Dave Wardrop said that Winnipeg’s system is more advanced, based on the way it functions.
Peggo card is easy to use, when the card is tap against a farebox smart card reader, a single fare is deducted from stored value on the card.
Each card costs $5 and during the, if the Peggo card is registered during the launch period and use it on within 90 days of purchase, the $5 paid for the card will be refunded to the card as e-cash, refund will no longer be available after the launch period.
A Peggo card, which may last up to 4 years, can be purchased at all 7-Eleven stores and all Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Winnipeg and can be loaded in person, online or on the phone with 311.
There are 2 types of fares that can be loaded into Peggo card:
- e-passes – replace paper passes and are valid for an unlimited number of trips during a set number of consecutive days. Card can be loaded with e-passes good for 24 hours, three or five days and one to four weeks, as well as on a monthly or annual basis.
- e-cash – replaces paper tickets, the card can be loaded with cash in increments of $5, $10, $15, $20, $30 and $50, up to a maximum of $200. When paying using e-cash, a 75-minute transfer is automatically loaded on each electronic fare, eliminating the need for paper transfers.
Fares loaded online or by phone can take up to 48 hours before the fares become active in the card, to load the fares and use the Peggo card right away, it has to be loaded in person through the retail sales agent.
During the Peggo card launch, the existing paper-based bus passes and tickets can still be used, a public service announcement will be released regarding the discontinuation of the sale of paper-based bus tickets and passes. Cash fares will still be accepted, however, it will be the most expensive fare option.
For easy identification, Peggo cards will come in 2 colors. The green card will be available for passengers paying a reduced fare, such as seniors and youths while a white card is for all full fare paying passengers.
The total budget for the new electronic fare collection system, which included the installation of new fare boxes, is $17.7 million.
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Say hello to peggo!, retrieved June 13, 2016
About peggo, retrieved June 13, 2016