April 8, 2016
Rollout of PRESTO across the TTC hit a major milestone today with the formal introduction into service of new “paddle-style” fare gates at Main Street Station.
These gates replace the old turnstiles that have served the TTC well since the subway first opened 60 years ago, but have reached the end of their useful life.
But this isn’t the only reason for moving to a new design. The modern gates come equipped with a PRESTO reader, can be set to serve incoming or exiting customer flows, and will provide invaluable travel pattern and ridership data to enable us to better match service to demand.
The new farelines feature two wide gates, also PRESTO-enabled, so customers using mobility devices or strollers may pass through at the touch of their PRESTO card. We will also convert automatic entrances to the new gate design, thereby making them easier to use than the existing gates.
It will take time to convert all stations with the new equipment so we appreciate your patience during construction. Throughout the transition to the PRESTO system, customers will be able to use Metropasses at some of the new gates, and staff will be on hand to assist with any queries. But if your station has been converted to PRESTO, now may be the time to adopt the new farecard.
In terms of schedule, we remain on target to have all TTC vehicles and subway stations PRESTO-enabled by the end of this year – a year earlier than originally planned. New gates are being installed at Sherbourne, Wellesley and Bay stations now, and we will begin retrofitting PRESTO card readers onto the bus fleet over the summer.
We will help you through the transition to PRESTO as we convert to this simple, efficient way to pay your fare and as we deliver a key element of our plan to fully modernize your TTC.
This weekend, April 9-10, Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) will be closed between Christie and Jane stations for subway track and maintenance work. More than 40 shuttle buses will operate, running between Bathurst and Jane Stations, stopping only at subway stations along the route.
Highlights of this weekend’s work include replacing 1,600 ft. of rail between Ossington and Keele stations, electrical work in preparation for PRESTO fareline equipment at several stations, tile work and track maintenance throughout the closed area.
Regular service resumes Monday morning at 6 a.m. For more information and a full list of upcoming subway closures, visit ttc.ca.
Blue Jays Home Opener
The TTC will provide increased service on the 510 Spadina route and Line 1 (Yonge-University) after the Toronto Blue Jays home opener game on Fri., April 8.
506 Carlton diversion
The 506 Carlton streetcar will divert from Fri., April 8 at 10 p.m. until Mon., April 11 at 5 a.m. as TTC crews complete overhead wire work.
Streetcars will divert via Bathurst and Dundas Sts. Shuttle buses will serve the regular streetcar route between Spadina and Landsdowne Sts.
504 King Diversion
TTC Crews continue to work diligently on streetcar track reconstruction at the intersection of King and Charlotte Sts. Regular service on the 504 King route is expected to resume at start of service on Mon., April 11.
Last Sat., April 2, during the Line 2 (Bloor- Danforth) subway closure between Victoria Park and Kennedy stations, TTC crews completed signal and track work, including:
- Installation of 803 ft. of rail
- Rail cleaning from Warden to Victoria Park
- Rail drilling on replaced track for signal connection
- Shunt testing new rails
- Switch reinstallation at Warden Station
- Upgrading of trainstop motors and mainline switches at Kennedy Station
For more information on subway closures, visit ttc.ca
Name: Marilyn Cuccio
Position: Operations Assistant
Years of experience: 35
I started with the TTC in 1981 as an Audit & Information Clerk. It always amazed me how many people travelled through the system every day to get to their destination, not thinking about what it takes to keep the vehicles moving. In 1986 I transferred into the Lansdowne Bus Maintenance Garage as a Garage Clerk and learned first-hand what it took to keep a fleet moving on a daily basis. In 1988 I moved to the Arrow Road Bus Maintenance Garage, just prior to the phase out of trolley buses, when our fleet transitioned to diesel buses. Over the last ten years we have added hybrid buses to our fleet and recently added new Nova buses. Given all of this, one thing has never changed over the last 35 years is the diversity of skills, knowledge, expertise, pride and dedication of my colleagues I’ve worked with who keep Toronto moving each and every day. This would be the favourite part of my job.
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