TTC to make Tokens & Tickets Obsolete

English: The token used by the TTC between 197...

The token used by the TTC between 1975-2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has announced that it will be making tokens and tickets obsolete sometime in 2017.  The TTC has announced that its whole fleet – buses, streetcars, and subway stations – will have PRESTO readers by the end of 2016.

The TTC also announced that the PRESTO card will also enable the elimination of the Day Pass currently offered by the TTC.

Ticket and Token sales will tentatively stop at the end of 2016, but will be accepted as payment until sometime in 2017.

Also on plan is to all passengers to pay by credit or debit card as well.

PRESTO card

PRESTO card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Also, current TTC employees who work in the ticket booths at subway stations will become Station Attendants and will assist passengers at stations with using ticket machines or assist with inquiries.

I do have some concerns with this procedure:

1)  How will this affect fares?  While it is assumed that PRESTO will operate on the TTC as it does on other systems whereby regular users will see reduced fares (that would bring the total costs to users to those of the current Metropasses.)

2)  What will occur with Day Passes.  While the PRESTO card will eventually have a maximum daily rate equivalent to a day pass, under the current system those using a day pass can bring another adult, or a couple teenage children, with them for free on weekends, how will this occur in the future?  Removing this option only increases costs for passengers, not encourages passengers using the system.

3)  What about the occasional user, like a tourist for example.  What options will they have other then use a credit or debit card?  And what if it is not accepted?  Tourists are not likely to spend $6 on a PRESTO card that they may only use on a single trip to Toronto, especially if they are only visiting the city for a short period of time.

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Reduced GO Train Service on June 20th, 2015

GO Transit train west of Union Station.

GO Transit train west of Union Station.

GO Transit has announced that it is reducing service along the Lakeshore West line on Saturday June 20th, 2015.  Instead of 30 minute service, trains will only operate every hour.

GO buses will still operate on their regular service, as does the Lakeshore East line.  However, passengers travelling westbound may have to wait up to 30 minutes at Union Station as only every other GO train will continue west of Union Station. Continue reading

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Decreased Service on GO Transit’s Lakeshore East Line

English: GO Transit engine #558, an EMD F59PH ...

GO Transit engine #558, an EMD F59PH III diesel locomotive, approaches a level crossing at Galloway Road as it pulls its train east from Guildwood station on Lakeshore East line service in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This weekend, June 12th to 15th, 2015, GO Transit will only be providing hourly train service on their Lakeshore East line between Union Station and Oshawa.

The decrease in service starts with the cancelling of the 7:08 p.m. westbound trip from Oshawa and the 7:48 p.m. eastbound GO train from Union Station on Friday June 12th.  Normal service levels will return Monday June 15th with the first scheduled eastbound and westbound trips.

30 minute service remains on the Lakeshore West line.  There will also be two extra trains on Saturday and Sunday heading eastbound from Exhibition at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. making all stops to Oshawa for people attending the Honda Indy.

The reduction in service is to allow GO Transit to install two pedestrian tunnels under Eglinton station to make the station fully accessible.

To see the schedule for the Lakeshore East line this weekend, please check here.

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No Subway Service from St. Clair. W. to Downsview Stations

The Toronto Transit Commission's St. Clair Wes...

The Toronto Transit Commission’s St. Clair West station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The TTC has announced that there will be no subway service between St. Clair West station and Downsview station on the Yonge-University-Spadina (YUS) line this weekend – May 30th and 31st, 2015.

During the closure, buses will replace the subway service.  Wheel-Trans will offer an accessible bus between St. George station and Downsview for those with disabilities.  Simply as a TTC employee for assistance. Continue reading

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Platform Changes as Union Station

English: Union Station, Toronto

Union Station, Toronto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GO Transit has announced that they are changing the platforms they will be running trains from at Union Station during both the morning and evening rush hours.

The changes are as follows: Continue reading

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No Subway Service from St. Andrew to Union

English: Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada A...

English: Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada A subway stop on the Yonge-University-Spadina line Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Author: SM108 Source: My Sony DSC-W100 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The TTC has announced that it is again cancelling subway service between St. Andrew station and Union Station for the next two weekends: April 11th and 12th, and April 18th and 19th, 2015.

The closures are to allow for the TTC to continue work on completing work related to the opening of the second platform at Union Station. Continue reading

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No Streetcar service west of Roncesvalles March 28-30th, 2015

ARLV heads out onto Lake Shore Blvd. W.

ARLV heads out onto Lake Shore Blvd. W.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has announced that it will be replacing tracks along the Queensway Right-of-Way (ROW), and as such will be cancelling streetcar service west of Sunnyside Loop (just west of the intersection of the Queensway and Roncesvalles Ave.)

During the shutdown of streetcar service, buses will operate as follows: Continue reading

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