TTC streetcar presto

All TTC streetcars will have PRESTO by end of year

The TTC and Metrolinx are in the midst of a major push to outfit all streetcars with PRESTO fare readers by the end of 2015 -- yes, as in two weeks from now. Over 100 legacy streetcars have already been outfitted with the technology, while 10-15 more are added each day according to a press release.

This has been a long time coming -- but it's worth noting that the TTC is making good on a promise from earlier this year. It's all part of plans to implement PRESTO throughout the entire TTC system by the end of 2016. After all the streetcars are brought up to speed, buses and additional subway stations will follow (currently 26 have PRESTO).

Once the full roll out is in place, the TTC will then consider a number of alterations to the fare structure on its vehicles. Two key ideas currently on the table are peak and off-peak fares, as well as a single cash fare (no discounts for students or seniors). These changes would not, however, take place until 2017 at the earliest.

Photo by Ben Roffelsen in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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