A series of bugs in the Calgary Transit’s new “Connect” electronic fare payment system is continuing to delay its launch, according to the Calgary Herald.
The agency began testing the Connect card payment system for public transit last spring, allowing passengers to pay for their bus and CTrain rides electronically in lieu of cash, tickets or passes. Connect cards were given to 100 city staff and 400 students at the University of Calgary.
Transit officials were hoping to have launched the cards in the summer, but malfunctioning test cards delayed that plan. The cards will help compile digital information showing where and when Calgarians use transit. It is hoped this information will help plan future public transit plans.
“We’re still working on the system. There are a couple bugs we’re working out,” said Calgary Transit spokesman Stephen Tauro.
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