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TTC may get on board with Presto fare system

File photo of TTC buses arriving to pick up passengers

TORONTO, On. – The Toronto Transit Commission is finally giving in to the province’s Presto prepaid fare card system.

There is still a lot that needs to happen before the green card becomes a preferred payment system, but the wheels will be set in motion this week, according to The Toronto Star.

The province has paid to put Presto readers at up to 12 Toronto subway stations, despite earlier hesitations from the TTC.  Presto technology had initially been opposed by Toronto transit after arguing it was too expensive to implement across the city.

A TTC staff report will recommend the city and the TTC begin talking this month with Metrolinx and the province on adopting the system, The Star reported.

Toronto is reportedly willing to go along with the provincial Presto payment plan in return for a $8.2-billion provincial investment in the new underground Eglinton cross town line.

There is no word yet on what the prepaid system will cost taxpayers. 

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