The TTC is Canada’s largest transit system and the third largest in North America. PRESTO is an important element of TTC’s overall strategic plan to modernize its fare payment system to drive greater direct rider benefits, enable urban and regional economic growth and complement existing sustainability goals.
PRESTO devices are currently installed at 14 TTC subway stations and there are, on average, 40,000 TTC fares paid with PRESTO every day accounting for the second highest use of PRESTO in the GTHA. PRESTO cards can be used at 14 stations including: Bloor-Yonge, College, Don Mills, Downsview, Dundas, Finch, Islington, Kipling, Queen’s Park, St. George, St. Patrick, Union, Yorkdale and York Mills stations.
PRESTO is expanding across the entire TTC network. The first phase of expansion of PRESTO across the TTC will begin in 2014. The TTC states that it costs them 7% to collect fares. With PRESTO, the projected cost will only be 5.25%. PRESTO will also help the TTC combat revenue loss experienced through counterfeit tokens.
In November 2012, Metrolinx signed an agreement with the TTC to implement PRESTO fare card technology in all subway stations, buses and streetcars. This will allow commuters to travel seamlessly and more conveniently within the TTC and across eight transit systems equipped with PRESTO in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. When PRESTO is fully deployed there will be more than 10,000 PRESTO devices on surface vehicles (streetcars, buses) subway turnstiles and self-service devices for the 1.7 million customers who rely on the TTC every day.
The agreement includes protocols that provide greater detail on funding and financials, project management, ongoing operations, communications, dispute resolution and governance.
Read the agreement
Funding and Financial Reporting Agreement
Operational Services Agreement
Project Management Agreement
Visit the TTC page for more information about using PRESTO on TTC.
Visit PRESTOcard.ca for information on the PRESTO card.