Limited-use, disposable PRESTO tickets are now available

Apr 5 2019, 1:45 pm

After Metrolinx tested it out last year, limited-use Presto tickets are now available for TTC use.

But, the catch is, they’re only available at two TTC stations as of April 5.

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According to a TTC report, following internal testing, Presto tickets are available at Yorkdale and Lawrence West stations “due to their recent transition to the Customer Service Agent (CSA) model.”

The TTC says this will allow customers looking to pay a cash fare to purchase a Presto ticket at the fare vending machines without requiring exact change to gain access to the network.

“Customer and staff feedback is being gathered to assess the success and apply learnings to the larger network rollout which is currently under review,” states the report.

The TTC’s rollout of the new tickets are part of its Presto transition, and the transit authority says that this “will provide an additional choice for customers wishing to pay cash for their fare, increase access to the two-hour transfer benefit and provide an alternative for those not using Presto cards.”

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The limited-use ticket will allow transit users the benefit of the card without needing the plastic permanently.

TTC’s Heather Brown confirmed to Daily Hive that a one-ride Presto ticket costs $3.25, a two-ride ticket costs $6.50 and a day pass ticket costs $13.00.

The day pass ticket will allow customers, or visitors to the city, to have unlimited daily travel for one day. It will be available for use any day of the week, including stat holidays.

Once these roll out permanently, Presto tickets will be available for purchase at subway stations, along with Shoppers Drug Mart locations, or TTC customer service. The downfall of the limited-use tickets is they will expire 90 days from the date of sale.

There will be an option to buy tickets in bulk that will expire one year after sale.

The TTC report will be presented at the Board Meeting on April 11.

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