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PRESTO, here’s a new controversy

An Ontario watchdog is being asked to look into a government contract involving a new fare system for public transit in the Toronto area.

An Ontario watchdog is being asked to look into a government
contract involving a new fare system for public transit in the Toronto
area.

The New Democrats are asking auditor general Jim McCarter
to investigate the government's $250-million contract with Accenture to
develop and implement the so-called PRESTO system.


NDP critic Cheri DiNovo says the implementation of the smart-card system has been delayed and is over budget.


She
says the Toronto Transit Commission chairman has also expressed concern
that the PRESTO fare system may be outdated because other cities are
shifting to systems that use debit and credit cards.


DiNovo says
she wants McCarter to look into the full financial liabilities of the
contract, and whether it will bind the government to future payments.


The
smart card system is already being rolled out to help riders transfer
between transit systems in the Greater Toronto Area, but the TTC is
spending more than $1 million to study a separate system that allows
commuters to use debit and credit cards.


Transportation Minister
Kathleen Wynne has blasted TTC managers for considering a new fare
system and called the study a complete waste of money.

 
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