Presto taking over the TTC

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Elvin George

BIZ/TECH REPORTER

Humber students better prepare for changes at the TTC in the New Year.

The TTC is looking to save money by eliminating all TTC tickets and tokens by exclusively requiring use of the electronic Presto card.

The Presto transit pay card was first implemented within the province in 2009 in Oakville, at the TTC Union station, and the Bronte and Union GO stations.

Presto slowly began widening its usage throughout other transit systems, including Brampton and York Region, and now it’s going to engulf the TTC.

Bryan Bare, vice president of the business council at the University of Guelph-Humber, expects the Presto shift to benefit students of the school.

“The ability to reload their weekly passes and add money allows students to save drastic time from going to the corner store to buy monthly/weekly tokens and tickets,” Bare said.

He acknowledges the only struggle for the Presto shift is older audiences being able to adapt to the new changes.

“I heard about the announcement a week ago, I’m sure TTC and Presto need to put more ads on buses and on TV,” Bare said. “They need to promote it for the older audience, at this moment, I don’t see seniors making an online Presto account.”

Presto is becoming user-friendly as riders have the option to add money or a monthly pass from their laptop, a Presto station, and even smartphones.

Alex Cozza, a fourth-year Humber cosmetics student, is an everyday token user and didn’t know anything about Presto.

“Since I was little, my mom would keep a bucket full of tokens, and I’m honestly not ready for this Presto shift,” Cozza said. “I just recently saw the Presto card machine on the TTC buses but I didn’t really know what it was.”

Cozza encourages Metrolinx , the overseeing transit body in the GTA, to announce the changes on the TTC so more Torontonians will be aware.

“You are the first one telling me about this shift, I guarantee half of Humber has no clue about this,” Cozza said. “Presto needs to spread this news on a bigger scale.”

The Presto card system is straightforward. Rather than sliding a token or a ticket in the fare box, riders tap their Presto card on the Presto machine on the right side of the bus entrance.

Sophia Rossi, a fourth-year University of Guelph-Humber business student, is excited about the plan.

“I was first hesitant about Presto, because all my life, I’ve been a token user,” Rossi said. “Ever since I used Presto, I’ve saved so much time from going to my local Petro Canada to buy tokens.”

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