Eli Ridder | Report

A Metrolinx spokesperson told The Avro Post on Wednesday that Humber College has been in contact with the crown corporation over having Presto vendor machines on its North and Lakeshore Campuses.

After an initial statement from Metrolinx that gave recommendations on where students could load up the smart passes, a spokesperson confirmed after some questioning that “we have heard from Humber” about bringing the reload machines to the college’s Toronto campuses.

There are upwards of 30,000 students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber and thousands of them utilize multiple forms of city and intercity transit — most of which, if not all of them, accept the smart Presto cards.

In January, Humber Et Cetera reported that it did not appear a Presto machine would be coming to campus anytime soon, leaving students to find a machine elsewhere or load their cards online, a process that takes sometimes 24 hours to finish.

IGNITE Vice President-elect Megan Roopnarine had included in her election platform a promise to try and bring a Presto refill vendor to campus.

“It’s great news,” she said in response to the announcement in a reply to an inquiry from The Avro Post, saying “I’m looking forward to see what happens, it is much-needed for the student body.”

When asked if she will reach out to the Humber College administration to find out what movement they have made towards bringing a Presto machine to campus, she said Thursday “that’s the plan.”

Image of PRESTO from PRESTO via ImpCom.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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