As the transit authority in Calgary has made the decision to cancel its failed tap-card program, a city councilor there says perhaps it’s time for municipalities to work together to find a system that works.
Like Translink, Calgary Transit struggled to get its card system working, canceling it three years after it was scheduled to launch.
Calgary Councilor Shane Keating says with the money various municipalities have poured into card programs why not pool resources.
He asks why can’t a number of cities use the same card and software?
“I can not see why if you are in Vancouver, the computer system would not allow you to charge your fare and use the same card in Calgary and allow you to use the fare here.”
Keating says he believes the biggest issue Calgary had was trusting a company that over-promised and under-delivered on the service it could provide.
Translink’s Compass Card system, that was scheduled to launch in 2013, is still being rolled out.
Now 20% of riders are using the cards.
At 10am Thursday we will learn the results of the transit plebiscite.