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Last of the Metropasses: TTC's transit cards being phased out next month

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Ainsley Smith Nov 22, 2018 11:52 am 97

It’s the end of an era.

TTC Metropasses, which have been used for nearly 40 years and a regular fixture in a Torontonian’s wallet, are nearing the end of the line.

The December Metropass, featuring the Cabbagetown Neighbours Heritage Mural on Parliament Street by Poonam Sharma and Michael Cavanaugh, will be the last.

The final Metropass goes on sale Friday, November 23 and will be available until December 5 and is good for unlimited travel for the month of December.

The Metropass phase-out is apart of the TTC’s transition to the PRESTO fare payment system. Tickets and tokens will be discontinued by the end of 2019.

According to the TTC, the first Metropass was a paper card that required TTC photo ID to use. It went on sale on April 7, 1980, for the month of May at a cost of $26.

The pass immediately proved a hit with 693,000 adult monthly passes sold from May to December 1980. In 2017, 2.4 million adult passes were sold.

Since 1980, more than 78 million Metropasses have been sold.

 

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December Metropasses are available for purchase at collector booths and participating TTC fare agents and are $146.25 for adults and $116.75 for seniors (65+), students (13-19) and post-secondary students with valid ID.

The TTC is encouraging those who have not done so already, to switch to PRESTO before January.

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