The TTC is announcing that PRESTO devices will be installed in all of Toronto’s streetcars by the end of December.
PRESTO currently live on over 100 streetcars in the city, and it’s expected to be completely installed across the entire TTC network by the end of 2016.
According to the transit agency, PRESTO fare gates will be tested in the first quarter of net year. Once that trial is done, 43 subway stations not yet equipped with PRESTO will have them installed by the end of the year.
“This is great news for all transit riders who take TTC to get to work, school and appointments. PRESTO is critical to our vision of a convenient and integrated regional transit system in the GTHA,” Transportation minister Steven Del Duca said in a statement. “We are continuing to move forward with large transit investments to keep the Region moving. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”
— John Tory (@JohnTory) December 17, 2015
Since the first phase of PRESTO was introduced in July 2015, around 300,000 commuters tap on the subway every week, with over 3,000 tapping on streetcars. PRESTO is also available on GO Transit, UP Express, and eight local transit agencies across Ottawa and the GTHA. A six-month pilot project is also starting this month, allowing customers to pre-load PRESTO cards at Gateway newsstands within TTC subway stations.
— Josh Colle (@JoshColle) December 17, 2015