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New PRESTO-Enabled Fare Gates in Full Swing at TTC’s Main Street Station

Twenty-Seven Subway Stations are Now PRESTO-Enabled

TORONTO: April 8, 2016 – The PRESTO rollout on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) continues with new fare gates now in place at Main Street Subway Station.

The new gates provide an unobstructed and accessible path into the station and offer greater flexibility for customers. Fare gates will be installed at the primary entrances of the 42 remaining subway stations that are not yet PRESTO-enabled by the end of 2016. The gates will be configured for PRESTO card and Metropass users.

PRESTO devices will also be installed on buses starting later this spring and on Wheel-Trans buses this summer to ensure PRESTO will be available across the entire TTC network by the end of the year.

When PRESTO is fully-deployed, there will be more than 10,000 electronic fare payment devices on buses and streetcars and in subway stations to provide the 1.8 million people who ride the TTC each weekday with a modern, fast and convenient way to pay for transit.

Roll-out on 230 of the old TTC streetcars was completed at the end of 2015, and all new streetcars are PRESTO-enabled as they enter service.

This project is jointly supported by all levels of government.

Quotes

"The new modern gates are providing better access to Main Station and offering more flexibility to transit users. The Government of Canada understands the important role transit and other community infrastructure play in allowing Canadians to be active participants, both socially and economically. We committed to doubling infrastructure investments over the next 10 years, and Budget 2016 presented the details of the first phase of this plan, which includes $3.4 billion dedicated for public transit."
— Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs) and Member of Parliament for Spadina—Fort York, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"This is great news for all transit riders. PRESTO is a convenient and seamless way for transit users to travel across the GTHA. We are continuing to move forward with large transit investments to keep the region moving. Our government is committed to making the daily commute better for Ontario families."
— Arthur Potts, MPP, Beaches – East York

"The adoption of PRESTO and the installation of new fare gates demonstrate the TTC's commitment to the modernization of our transit system new fare card technology and fare gates will continue to make the TTC more accessible and customer friendly."
— Josh Colle, Chair, TTC

Quick Facts
  • The first phase of the PRESTO rollout on the TTC was completed at 26 subway stations and on board all in-service new TTC streetcars in time for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in July 2015.
  • Beyond the TTC, PRESTO is available on GO Transit, UP Express, and eight local transit agencies across the GTHA and Ottawa.
  • Customers can add value to their cards online at prestocard.ca or through self-serve reload machines at 24 of the 27 PRESTO-enabled subway stations.
  • A six-month pilot began in December to sell pre-loaded PRESTO cards at Gateway Newstand stores located at Bloor-Yonge, Dundas, Bathurst, Spadina, and Broadview TTC subway stations.
  • PRESTO cards are also available at TTC pass vending machines in Queen’s Park, Union and Main Street stations. They will be expanded to more machines across the system as the rollout continues.
Learn More

Rollout on the TTC
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Contacts

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-219-0149
brook.simpson@canada.ca

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

Patrick Searle
Minister's Del Duca’s Office
416-327-1815

Anne Marie Aikins
Metrolinx
416-202-5796

Heather Brown
TTC
416-393-3383

Kristin Lillyman
Office of the TTC Chair Josh Colle
416-392-9022