After years of requests and a long running effort by multiple parties, reloadable Presto machines will be coming to Humber College’s North and Lakeshore Campuses “early in the New Year”, Metrolinx officials told The Avro Post over the weekend.
It is the first confirmation of a time period from Metrolinx, the crown corporation that runs both Presto and GO Transit.
Presto cards, which allow users to load funds online and with reload machines, are utilized by at least three local transit systems that stop at Humber’s North and Lakeshore campuses.
There has been some confusion over the timing of the machines coming to campus as Humber officials have given conflicting messages in recent weeks.
Humber Sustainability Specialist Devon Fernandes told the Et Cetera last week that the machines would reach campus by the end of November but told The Post days later that he could “not confirm that timeline” due to ongoing discussions.
Earlier this year, The Post reported that discussions had launched between Humber and Metrolinx over the machines.
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.
Bringing a Presto machine to campus was on IGNITE Vice President Megan Roopnarine’s election platform as she ran to represent students at the University of Guelph-Humber. When the machines are added to campuses, it could be seen as a win for her advocacy.
IGNITE candidates have for years added advocating for Presto machines on campus to their platforms, but none of the representative that ended up elected have been successful thus far in their efforts.