City of Ottawa threatens court action against province over Presto contract
Ottawa Citizen

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, September 1, 2016

The City of Ottawa is threatening to confront the provincial government in court as the municipality tries to extend the current Presto agreement and fend off a massive cost increase to OC Transpo.

The city in February was shocked to learn Metrolinx, a provincial Crown agency, might not allow a three-year extension of the current Presto agreement beyond the Oct. 27, 2016 expiration of the current deal. Documents obtained by the Citizen through an access to information request reveal Metrolinx was only offering to extend the contract for another year, and only if they could reach an agreement in principle on a new contract by October.