OC Transpo has got rid of bus tickets. No more can you pop down to the corner store to grab a sheet of colourful little paper tokens before hopping on the bus.

At first blush, this seems to make sense. It’s the digital age and we’ve got the Presto system, which works — most of the time. (Some of the time? A lot of the time? Look, just go with me on this.) So in our ultra-modern time, we should just use Presto rather than fumbling with tiny pieces of paper.

But it ignores the needs of many Ottawa residents who can’t reliably use Presto. People who are financially struggling. People who are in need of reliable and affordable transit.