Scan ‘n’ ride revolution

The Montreal Transit Corp. has been quietly working with other transit agencies to implement a far-reaching smart-card payment system. By the end of 2008, the MTC says, you will be able to catch a bus in Longueuil, ride the metro in Montreal, take a commuter train to Blainville and even use public transit in Quebec City – all with a single card. At the same time, the MTC fare system will be revamped, either with zones or a pay-by-distance scheme, which would mean higher fares for some commuters and lower fares for others.—Scan ‘n’ ride revolution