Presto taking over the TTC a year early

11 more stations participating by July

By the end of this year, all Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcars should have a Presto reader installed at the front doors of the streetcar, in order to make commuting fast and easy for the city’s residents.

According to a TTC and Metrolinx joint press release on Wednesday, 11 more stations are expected to be Presto-friendly by July of this year. The end goal is to have all stations and surface fleets participating in Presto by the end of 2016, a year ahead of schedule.

Currently, there are 15 stations across the Yonge-University, Bloor-Danforth and Sheppard subway lines that provide Presto-reading turnstiles.

TTC chairman Josh Colle took to Twitter to say that getting “Presto implemented ASAP” is the priority.

“[It] has already been way too long,” he said.

The aim is to make Presto the choice payment method, replacing coins and metro passes, for a more efficient pay-and-ride system.