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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:20 PM

Toronto: TTC signs up for Presto fare card


from the Toronto Star:


TTC signs up for Presto fare card
Published on Wednesday November 28, 2012

Tess Kalinowski
Transportation Reporter


CARLOS OSORIO/TORONTO STAR
A Presto reader is displayed in one of the new streetcars that are currently in testing before their introduction onto downtown streets. Using the fare card eliminates the need to pass by a driver on entering the vehicle, making it possible for a crowd of passengers to board quickly using all four doors.



Itís the master agreement that hasnít grabbed the headlines or divided Toronto City Council. But this one will have a more immediate impact on TTC riders.

Along with an agreement among the city, TTC and Metrolinx governing the construction of four new Toronto LRTs, city and provincial officials will sign another document Wednesday morning. This one binds the TTC to the provincial Presto fare card.

Putting Presto on the TTC was a condition of the provinceís $8.4 billion in funding for the LRTs.

It has been long awaited by municipalities in the region who installed it in the hopes of providing their residents with a seamless commute across the boundaries that govern area transit systems. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/transportation/article/1294003--ttc-signs-up-for-presto-fare-card



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