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GO Transit
Continuing here from the Grand River Transit thread...

(02-28-2018, 11:34 AM)KevinL Wrote: The Regional terminals, and UW's Turnkey desk, are the official Presto agents in Waterloo Region. The relatively low amount of service at the train station (only morning departures) versus the bus terminals (all day) make the latter the more useful option.

Thanks.

The 'Purchase a Presto Card' drop-list on the main Presto web site leads me to the Customer Service Outlet map which only lists Gaukel, but at least they do list something for a person here in town looking to buy a card.  My 2016 flight was planned/booked at the last minute, and I just assumed there would be a vending machine at the GO/Via station that would ding my debit/credit card for $26 and give me a $6 Presto card with $20 on it for my GO/UPX trip.  How hard would that be for them to install?  I believe I did spot a reload machine there too, so I could have immediately added funds to it too if necessary for my trip. Silly me for assuming that Presto would be convenient. Sad
...K
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I'm honestly not certain a 'Presto vending machine' even exists. To my knowledge they can only be purchased in-person or by mail.
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Looks like they do now and the train station has one somewhere

https://www.prestocard.ca/en/find-an-out...g-machines

Edit: guess it's just reload looking at the other lines. Some machines do sell them though, just got here.
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I bought my PRESTO card at the train station, but I had to do it during the ticket booth hours:
Monday to Friday (05:15 - 09:15)
Saturday and Sunday (08:00 - 13:00, 15:30 - 19:45)
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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Sometimes I think that Presto was developed by people who have never set foot outside of Toronto.
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(02-28-2018, 10:10 PM)Canard Wrote: Sometimes I think that Presto was developed by people who have never set foot outside of Toronto.

That might even be true.  GTA for sure.
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I mean, every other city, you get the card from a machine. I didn’t realize Presto was that bad...
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Presto vending machines are being rolled out as part of the TTC implementation. One could hope it gets extended to all GO stations too.
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(03-01-2018, 07:08 AM)Canard Wrote: I mean, every other city, you get the card from a machine. I didn’t realize Presto was that bad...

I remember getting off the amtrak in NYC and putting some cash into a machine and getting a cardboard card to use on the subway and that was in may 2002.
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(03-01-2018, 12:51 PM)clasher Wrote:
(03-01-2018, 07:08 AM)Canard Wrote: I mean, every other city, you get the card from a machine. I didn’t realize Presto was that bad...

I remember getting off the amtrak in NYC and putting some cash into a machine and getting a cardboard card to use on the subway and that was in may 2002.

Subway, yes. Bus, no. You get off the plane at La Guardia and try to pay for the bus and find that they only take coins. In the US, with no loonies.
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A great summary of the hydrail report at:

https://stevemunro.ca/2018/03/06/metroli...en-trains/

Still a long read, but does a great job of explaining the risks and tradeoffs.

TLDR: The 2025 electrification target's a fantasy if we go with an infant technology that's never been built on this scale.  Also, efficiencies suck and the slow consumer march to electric vehicles puts the whole idea of off peak only hydrogen production at risk too.
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HFR kind of like Hyperloop: cool, but not yet ready for prime time.
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When you say HFR, are you referring to Hydrogen Fuel Cell? (HFR usually means High Frequency Rail)
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Yes, I was using it for Hydrogen Fueled Railway. That may not actually be a real acronym, though. Smile
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I like that much better than the other “H” word which clickbaity articles have now made popular!
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