Winnipeg Transit plans to sell paper Peggo cards for tourists

Peggo auto-reload feature overcharges Winnipeggers more than $70K

Winnipeg Transit plans to sell paper Peggo cards to visitors this summer.

The paper cards will be rolled out some time in 2017, allowing visitors to the city to buy disposable passes instead of having to purchase the regular plastic Peggo cards, which take time to load.

"This card will be made of paper and be recyclable, but as such does not have the durability of our reloadable cards," Winnipeg Transit said in a report to council's finance committee.

This will be Winnipeg Transit's fourth and final Peggo product. Plastic cards for seniors were first sold in July, while full-fare and student cards went on sale in August.

Tokens for distribution by schools and social-service agencies also went on sale last August. The Royal Canadian Mint manufactures the tokens, which transit says are imbued with electromagnetic signatures to prevent counterfeiting.​