The TTC is rolling out its two-hour hop on-hop off transfer for PRESTO users this weekend.
Last month, the TTC, along with Mayor John Tory, announced the introduction of the transfer, which starts on August 26.
Beginning that Sunday, PRESTO card customers will be able to take advantage of the two-hour transfer 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.
“It is important that everyone in Toronto has access to public transit, and this new two-hour transfer will make transit more affordable and convenient for people,” said Mayor John Tory at the time of the announcement. “With this year’s fare freeze, the Kids Ride Free program, the Fair Fare Pass for low-income residents and now the hop on-hop off transfer, the TTC is more affordable for more people in Toronto.”
Once the hop on-hop off transfer is in effect, PRESTO card customers should tap their card each time they enter a subway station and whenever they board a bus or streetcar, regardless of whether it’s in a station or on the street, according to the TTC.
The TTC says that by the end of 2019, customers will no longer be able to pay their fare by tickets, tokens or TTC passes. PRESTO or cash will be the only way for customers to pay their fare.
Earlier this year, the TTC said it will be investing $11 million to implement the hop on hop off transfer by August. This amount, according to the TTC, is the estimated cost of lost revenue as a result of time-based transfers in 2018, and is the amount the city will budget to support the rollout.