The TTC’s two-hour hop-on, hop-off transfer will be costing $20 million this year.
According to an update by Mayor John Tory, the transfer, which was launched in August of 2018, helps make transit more affordable.
The transfer allows PRESTO card customers to hop on and off the TTC, or switch directions at any point of their journey. As long as transit users are within the two hours of their first tap, they won’t be charged an additional fare.
“The two-hour Hop On-Hop Transfer helps make transit more affordable,” said Tory. “It helps people do multiple errands or shop at different spots along transit and helps parents dropping kids off and then getting back on transit to go to work.”
The mayor also said that in the first four months that the transfer has been available, people have used it for more than 3.4 million rides.
“That proves what we always knew – that this offering would be embraced because it has the potential to make such a difference in people’s lives,” he said.
“I’m proud that the city’s 2018 budget invested $11 million in the TTC to implement the transfer,” Tory said, adding that he pledged that continued funding of the transfer will be included in the 2019 budget to be presented to TTC and city council.
“I believe that represented then, as does the $20 million for 2019, a good investment,” he said. “I think it will continue to be a good investment because it makes life more affordable and it makes life easier for people.”
I’m proud we introduced the Hop On-Hop Off Transfer on the TTC last summer that has seen more than 3.4 million rides in the first 4 months it has been available. I’m committing to have Hop On-Hop Off fully funded in 2019. This represents millions more invested in the TTC. pic.twitter.com/4hIb0DZOMN
— John Tory (@JohnTory) January 11, 2019
Tory said that the hop-on, hop-off transfer is another example of how the city continues to modernize the TTC.
“And I think it’s going to make people more likely to use the TTC, which we want,” he said.