Metrolinx to add new fare option

This is an April Fools Day story although I have no doubt that some form of this will be an option sooner than we think. Some workplaces are already using RFID chip implants.

Clues to the fakery: the statement that being injected with the chip was less painful than using Presto,  the implementation date of February 29, 2019 (not a leap year), the inspector and passenger are not on an UP Express train and a righteous dig at the folks behind Metrolinx’s bizarre hydrogen fuel cell boondoggle.

Readers may be aware that Metrolinx has been having teething problems with some of its Presto fare gates. Presto is the card-based pass system that allows users to pay fares electronically.

Presto Problems.

According to sources, problems have occurred because Metrolinx is adding a new capability to the gates which will revolutionize travel in the GTA. In a first for North America, they’ve decided to press ahead with a Presto card alternative; a new technology that will use tiny RFID chips injected into commuters’ hands.

A hand with a Presto RFID chip freshly inserted and an actual chip to show the relative size.

The insertion of the chip is a one-time thing; slightly less painful than actually using Presto. Monthly passes can be paid for or renewed online, or at customer service. Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists will insert the Chips at no charge.

Metrolinx fare gates will open as usual for card holders and soon for those who have the chips implanted in their left or right hand. Chip holders will be able to travel on any Metrolinx vehicle with Presto implemented. Metrolinx is calling the new fare system InWave; it is being rigorously tested and will be rolled out to the public on February 29th 2019.

Former TTC head Andy Byford demonstrates InWave last October before leaving to run New York’s transit system.

Receipts will be unnecessary as the system will hold a record of each passenger’s chip movements. Fare inspectors will simply scan the appropriate hand, saving commuters the bother of reaching for a phone, card or paper ticket.

A fare inspector testing InWave on the UP Express last month.

A Metrolinx source tells me that InWave originated with the same think tank that came up with the idea of studying hydrogen fuel cell technology as an alternative to electric trains.

For more background information read this.

3 thoughts on “Metrolinx to add new fare option”

    1. Agreed.
      It’s Orwellian & freakish.

      (Who would entertain the thought of this kind of science in view of the issues with privacy and even more than that, ever present pharmacological concerns & drama. Weird.)

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