New fare gates are big step toward modern TTC4/8/16 6:00 AM
Rollout of PRESTO across the TTC hit a major milestone today (April 8) with the formal introduction into service of new “paddle-style” fare gates at Main Street Station.
These gates replace the old turnstiles that have served the TTC well since the subway first opened 60 years ago, but have reached the end of their useful life.
But this isn’t the only reason for moving to a new design. The modern gates come equipped with a PRESTO reader, can be set to serve incoming or exiting customer flows, and will provide invaluable travel pattern and ridership data to enable us to better match service to demand.
The new farelines feature two wide gates, also PRESTO-enabled, so customers using mobility devices or strollers may pass through at the touch of their PRESTO card. We will also convert automatic entrances to the new gate design, thereby making them easier to use than the existing gates.
It will take time to convert all stations with the new equipment so we appreciate your patience during construction. Throughout the transition to the PRESTO system, customers will be able to use Metropasses at some of the new gates, and staff will be on hand to assist with any queries. But if your station has been converted to PRESTO, now may be the time to adopt the new farecard.
In terms of schedule, we remain on target to have all TTC vehicles and subway stations PRESTO-enabled by the end of this year – a year earlier than originally planned. New gates are being installed at Sherbourne, Wellesley and Bay stations now, and we will begin retrofitting PRESTO card readers onto the bus fleet over the summer.
We will also help you through the transition to PRESTO as we convert to this simple, efficient way to pay your fare and as we deliver a key element of our plan to fully modernize your TTC.
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