The TTC’s two-hour transfers will be rolling out next month.
According to the TTC’s Executive Director of Corporate & Customer Communications Brad Ross, the new transfers will be effective August 26, but only for PRESTO card users.
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.
Every time you enter a station or transfer to a vehicle, even inside a station, tap your card. Provided you are within the 2 hour timeframe, no fare will be deducted.
— Brad Ross (@bradTTC) July 24, 2018
“Over the last three years, people across the city have repeatedly made it clear to me that making it easier to get around the city is one of the most important issues they expect me to tackle as mayor of Toronto,” said Mayor John Tory in January. “It is why year over year we make unprecedented investments in the TTC to improve service for millions of daily riders.”
Last November, the TTC board approved the time-based transfer for PRESTO users after John Tory asked the agency to look at costs associated with introducing this transfer system on all routes in 2018.
At the time, TTC’s Brad Ross confirmed the cost of the time-based transfers will be included in their 2018 budget with no additional cost to riders.