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TTC buses begin conversion to PRESTO

5/6/16 6:00 AM

Rollout of the new PRESTO fare card on the TTC is proceeding apace as we deliver on our promise of PRESTO across the TTC by the end of this year.

This week, we began installing PRESTO readers on our bus fleet. PRESTO is the new, easy way to pay for travel on the TTC and is already available across our streetcar network and at 28 subway stations. Until more stations and buses are upgraded, you should continue to carry tokens and cash, as 2016 is a transitional year for PRESTO on the TTC.

By the end of this year, all 1,900 TTC buses will be equipped with PRESTO read¬ers, meaning customers with PRESTO cards merely tap the card reader when entering the system and a transfer is applied to the card automat¬ically. Also by the end of the year, Wheel-Trans customers will be able to use PRESTO on TTC Wheel-Trans vehi¬cles and in accessible vans.

In parallel, we are push¬ing on with the introduction of new fare gates at stations not yet fitted with PRESTO, replacing the worn out, origi¬nal turnstiles that have been in service since the subway first opened in many cases.

These new gates are now in service at Wellesley and Main Street stations, with Bay and Sherbourne stations to follow in the coming weeks. Once all stations have converted to PRESTO, we will retrofit those stations that adopted PRESTO last year with the new gates.

The PRESTO rollout is a key part of our five-year mod¬ernization of the TTC. We will be there to help you through¬out this once-in-a-generation change.

For more information, or to buy a PRESTO card online, visit prestocard.ca.

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