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Over 100 streetcars running with PRESTO

PRESTO readers activated on more than 100 streetcars was announced on Dec. 17. 12/18/15 8:17 AM


Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, Spadina-Fort York MP Adam Vaughan and TTC Chair Josh Colle announced from Bathurst Station on Dec. 17 that more than 100 legacy streetcars are now in service with activated PRESTO card readers.

The remainder of the fleet of CLRVs and ALRVs is scheduled to go live before year’s end. The TTC’s new streetcars enter service with card readers already activated. More than 3,000 riders tap to board streetcars each week.

“PRESTO is making transit more modern, convenient and seamless for commuters,” said Del Duca. “Close to 1.8 million PRESTO cards are in use across the GTHA and Ottawa.”

PRESTO is currently in use at 26 subway stations. The remaining stations, and the entire bus fleet (including Wheel-Trans) is scheduled to have PRESTO in use by the end of 2016.

PRESTO Add Value machines are now in 23 of those 26 stations. These self-serve reload machines allow customers can replenish their smart cards and check their balances and transaction history.

“The TTC is committed to enhancing fare payment options for our customers,” said Colle. “By adding PRESTO to our legacy streetcar fleet, we’ve made it easier for our riders to take the TTC.”

Metrolinx announced that a six-month pilot began this week to sell pre-loaded PRESTO cards at some Gateway newsstands in the subway, and PRESTO cards will soon be expanded to more TTC pass-vending machines. Roughly 300,000 TTC riders tap on the subway each week.

PRESTO on TTC currently deducts one Adult fare ($2.80) or one Senior/Student fare ($1.95).

Proof of payment (POP) and all-door boarding on all 11 streetcar routes began this week.

Photo: Aboard rebuilt ALRV 4217 from left: Adam Vaughan, MP for Spadina-Fort York and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, TTC Chair Josh Colle, CEO Andy Byford, Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca and Metrolinx President/CEO Bruce McCuaig.

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