As modernization of the TTC continues, new paddle-style fare gates with PRESTO are now being installed at the remaining 25 subway stations and more than 50 entrances that still have turnstiles, some dating back to the 1950s and '60s.
The new gates, which provide an unobstructed path in to and out of stations and improve customer flow, are a key piece of the TTC's overall modernization plan. The new gates are in place today at 44 stations and 75 entrances. The next wave of construction takes place in some of the TTC's busiest stations where the fare lines are more physically constrained, necessitating some weekend closures, as well as early closures, both on weekends and week nights, where subway trains will pass through, and not stop, at the affected stations. Locations, dates and times of station closures are as follows:
11 p.m. nightly, Sept. 10 to 14
Weekend closure from 11 p.m. Sept. 15 until 6 a.m. Sept. 18
11 p.m. nightly, from Sept. 18 until the middle of October
10 p.m. nightly, Sept. 19 to 23
11 p.m. nightly, Oct. 18 and 19
Weekend closure from 11 p.m. Oct. 20 until 6 a.m. Oct. 23
11 p.m. nightly, Oct. 23 until the end of November
10 p.m. nightly, Nov. 1-2 and 6-7
St Andrew Station:
Weekend closure from 10 p.m. Nov. 10 until 6 a.m. Nov. 13
10 p.m. nightly, Nov. 14 to 16, and Nov. 20
Weekend closure from 10 p.m. Nov. 17 until 6 a.m. Nov. 20
Queen's Park Station:
10 p.m. nightly, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 11-12
The construction schedule is available at ttc.ca and a video explaining the next wave of fare gate construction is posted on the TTC's YouTube channel. Station specific fact sheets are also posted at ttc.ca. During closures, customer service ambassadors will be in place to assist customers with directions and information.
As the PRESTO rollout continues across the TTC and more subway station entrances accept PRESTO cards, customers who pay by tokens, cash or purchase their adult or senior Metropass from a collector booth or pass vending machine should now consider switching to PRESTO.
Adult and senior monthly passes on PRESTO are available now - go to prestocard.ca. The TTC's Monthly Discount Plan customers, however, should wait to switch to PRESTO, as an MDP-equivalent pass will be available on PRESTO early next year. The number of Shoppers Drug Mart locations that sell PRESTO cards will be expanded this fall.
When the fare gate installation is complete next spring, every subway station and every entrance will have new gates and accept PRESTO. All TTC buses and streetcars accept PRESTO today.