Back to school on the TTC
With back-to-school season around the corner, the TTC has some reminders for students and parents as they begin a new school year.
Children 12 and under ride the TTC for free. All other students can pay their TTC fare using several methods of payment, including:
PRESTO single fares
$2.25 for youth 13-19
PRESTO Monthly Pass
128.15 for youth 13-19
$128.15 for post-secondary students with a Post-Secondary Monthly Pass
$2.30 for youth 13-19
$3.25 for post-secondary students
Students and parents are reminded that PRESTO cards are set to deduct an adult fare. If a youth fare is required, the PRESTO card, along with government-issued identification, should be taken to a Shoppers Drug Mart store or to the TTC Customer Service Centre above Davisville Station to change the setting.
Post-secondary students enrolled full-time at a recognized institution in Toronto are eligible for a discounted monthly pass on PRESTO. They are required to have a TTC post-secondary student photo ID in order to set their PRESTO fare type, purchase, and use their post-secondary monthly pass on PRESTO. The TTC Post-Secondary Photo ID card can only be obtained at the TTC Photo ID Office at Bathurst Station. The post-secondary fare type can be set at any Shoppers Drug Mart location or at the TTC Customer Service Centre above Davisville Station.
The TTC asks all students, as a courtesy to others, to remove their backpacks and place them on their lap if sitting or on the floor between their feet if standing. Students are also reminded to remove their headphones or reduce the volume when appropriate so that they can hear important announcements.
Finally, the TTC would like to remind everyone about some important safety tips as the school year begins:
Drivers: As the streets, sidewalks and crosswalks get busier for back-to-school, please be extra vigilant while commuting. Please yield the right-of-way to TTC vehicles and make sure to slow down to allow buses to re-enter traffic after servicing stops.
Pedestrians: Please don't run alongside or in front of a bus or streetcar. It's always safer to wait for the next vehicle, which will be along soon.
Cyclists: Sometimes streetcar tracks can be slippery. When cycling near streetcar rails, be aware of the track conditions and always cross streetcar tracks at an angle to avoid tires getting caught.
Subway riders: Always stand behind the yellow line on the platform when waiting for a subway train. Never descend to track level for any reason. If you drop something, such as your cell phone, leave it and tell a TTC uniformed employee who will make arrangements to retrieve it.
Streetcar riders: Be sure to check that traffic has stopped before exiting a streetcar.
Bus/streetcar riders: When on board, always be sure to stand behind the white line at the front of the vehicle and stand clear of the doors.
Face masks: The TTC is strongly recommending customers continue to wear masks or face coverings while on vehicles or in stations.
Hand sanitizer: Dispensers are also available at the main entrance of all subway stations, inside the paid area, as well as on all Wheel-Trans vehicles and at the middle doors inside of all streetcars.
The TTC looks forward to welcoming customers back to the system as the new school year begins, and reminds commuters that they can plan their trips at https://www.ttc.ca/trip-planner, or use the RocketMan or Transit apps to view bus occupancy levels in real-time.
Customers with questions or concerns are encouraged to reach out to TTC customer service online, by phone at 416-393-3030 or on Twitter @TTChelps, or speak to a TTC staff member. Those looking for more information about the TTC's back-to-school plans or service schedules are encouraged to visit ttc.ca.