The TTC today announced it will not mail the August Metropass to its 53,000 Metropass Discount Plan (MDP) subscribers due to the uncertainty surrounding a possible labour disruption at Canada Post. This decision does not impact organizations and institutions participating in the Volume Incentive Pass (VIP) program.
The TTC advises its MDP customers – Adult and Senior/Student Metropass subscribers who receive their passes in the mail – to purchase their August Metropass at a subway station pass vending machine, collector booth, or at one of more than 1,500 third party fare sellers across the city. Metropasses go on sale starting July 18 at retail outlets, July 21 in pass vending machines in subway stations, and on July 24 at station collector booths.
Customers can use their debit or credit card at all TTC subway stations to purchase passes.
The TTC will not debit customers’ bank accounts for pre-authorized MDP payments in August. Instead, on August 1, it will automatically credit all MDP adult subscribers’ accounts $11.75, and senior and student subscribers’ accounts $9.25, for each pass that would normally be mailed – that’s the difference between the MDP price of a Metropass and the cost of a monthly pass typically purchased at a subway station or from an authorized fare media seller.
With a potential labour disruption at Canada Post still a possibility, mailing the August Metropass posed a risk of passes not reaching TTC customers in time for use next month. The TTC will distribute additional August passes to pass vending machines, station collectors, and authorized fare sellers this month.
The Metropass Discount Plan allows TTC customers to sign up for a 12-month period, with pre-authorized payments made each month. The Metropass is then mailed via Canada Post. The regular price of an Adult Metropass is $141.50, and $112 for Student/Senior Metropasses. Under the Metropass Discount Plan, Adult Metropasses sell for $129.75 each month, and Senior/Student passes sell for $102.75. Effectively, MDP subscribers pay for 11 passes and get a twelfth free.
TTC fares will eventually be available on the PRESTO card. Today, PRESTO is available in more than 30 subway stations, on more than 500 buses and on all streetcars. By the end of 2016, PRESTO will be available across the TTC.