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Toronto teens show the ridiculousness of mass fare evasions on the TTC

Avoiding paying for the TTC is pretty easy, it seems, as the transit service loses tens of millions of dollars to it every year. 

Fare evasion has been a hot topic recently, following an auditor general's report that showed at least $50 to 60 million (perhaps even more) in lost revenue as a result of the issue. 

A new video of some Toronto teens shows exactly how easy that fare evasion is, and how much the problem is exacerbated by the new Presto gates

In the video, one person pays for a single Presto fare, and is followed by almost a dozen other people. That's a loss of about $30, which isn't a ton of money, but it adds up when these types of situations occur daily at every station. 

The problem is rampant and easy to exploit, when fare inspectors are really only present at a few predictable places along the transit lines. 

The TTC is attempting to combat the problem, with new technology and hiring more fare inspectors. However, it stands to reason now that many consider paying the fare to be an honour system. 

Lead photo by

u/ElectricCircusDJ via Instagram


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