Have you ever thought that the way we pay for provincial public transit is behind the times? You're not the only one. People are giving the Ontario Presto card system both barrels on Twitter in response to a video showing a transit rider paying for the subway in England by tapping their bank card.
In London, England, you can get onto some transit simply by tapping your bank card, there is no extra or specific-purpose card needed. A video posted on Twitter by Not Just Bikes shows just how easy that technology makes accessing transit systems.
"If your city is still trying to implement a public transit card, they're already behind the times," the tweet said.
According to London's transportation website, the bank card payment is the same concept as Presto, with tapping on and off — except they call it touching in and out — on readers that accept not only cards but mobile devices as well.
With London's system, you can travel as much as you want in a day or a week and the system will automatically cap fares once you reach a certain amount, so you don't accidentally pay more than you have to.
In comparison, while Presto eliminates the need for cash, paper tickets, and tokens to access transit, the card still isn't integrated across all transit systems in Ontario and you still need to constantly reload the card with money.
Ontarians are insisting that London's process system seems like a dream in terms of its ease of use compared to Presto.
However, there's at least one person who is trying to look on the bright side of the situation.
But do occasional free trips on a bus or subway make up for the seemingly daily Presto headaches?
We may never know, unless another system is implemented or if Presto is improved. For now, you probably shouldn't hold your breath.