May 6, 2016
PRESTO fare card on the TTC is proceeding apace as we deliver on our promise of PRESTO across the TTC by the end of this year.
This week, we began installing PRESTO readers on our bus fleet. PRESTO is the new, easy way to pay for travel on the TTC and is already available across our streetcar network and at 28 subway stations. Until more stations and buses are upgraded, you should continue to carry tokens and cash, as 2016 is a transitional year for PRESTO on the TTC.
By the end of this year, all 1,900 TTC buses will be equipped with PRESTO readers, meaning customers with PRESTO cards merely tap the card reader when entering the system and a transfer is applied to the card automatically. Also by the end of the year, Wheel-Trans customers will be able to use PRESTO on TTC Wheel-Trans vehicles and in accessible vans.
In parallel, we are pushing on with the introduction of new fare gates at stations not yet fitted with PRESTO, replacing the worn out, original turnstiles that have been in service since the subway first opened in many cases.
These new gates are now in service at Wellesley and Main Street stations, with Bay and Sherbourne stations to follow in the coming weeks. Once all stations have converted to PRESTO, we will retrofit those stations that adopted PRESTO last year with the new gates.
The PRESTO roll-out is a key part of our five-year modernization of the TTC. We will be there to help you throughout this once-in-a-generation change.
For more information, or to buy a PRESTO card online, visit prestocard.ca.
Line 2 Closure
This weekend, May 7-8, Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) will be closed between Bathurst and Jane stations so that TTC crews can complete track and signal work. More than 45 articulated (bendy) shuttle buses will operate, stopping only at subway stations along the route. This is the final planned closure this year for the western portion of the subway.
Highlights of this weekend’s work include:
- Replacing 2,500 ft. of rail between Runnymede and High Park stations
- Replacing 52 rail ties to create a smoother ride
- Installing 600 plates between High Park and Keele stations to reduce vibration and noise from passing trains
- Track right-of-way cleaning
Christie and Lansdowne stations will be closed for the weekend; all other stations will remain open.
Regular service resumes Monday morning at 6 a.m.
509 Harbourfront/510 Spadina
For the next two weekends (May 7-8/14-15), the 509 Harbourfront and 510 Spadina streetcar routes will divert as follows, from Friday night at midnight until Sunday at 4 p.m.:
- 509 Harbourfront will be replaced by shuttle buses, running from the intersection of Bay and Front Sts. to Exhibition Place
- 510 Spadina will turn back at Queen’s Quay Loop
Many other routes will be diverting for varying periods of time as a result of events around the city this weekend. For information on all upcoming diversions, visit the Service Advisories page, and for the most up-to-date information, follow @TTCnotices on Twitter.
Sketching the Line is an art exhibition presented by the TTC in partnership with Pattison Outdoor Advertising. All sketches were created by local artists taking the TTC.
This week’s artists are Wilfrid Wong (whose sketch you see here), Marek Badzynski, Marie- Judith Jean-Louis, and Vincent Roche.
Look for this art around the system, or visit artintransit.ca to see all the sketches.
Name: Michelle Jones
Position: Coordinator - Portfolio Management Office
Years of service: 20
I am excited and proud to celebrate my 20th anniversary with the TTC. I feel honoured to work for an organization that actively supports and develops its employees. I have been able to gain experience working in a variety of positions in Operations, Finance and IT Services, supporting and delivering projects such as the TTC’s Trip Planner, Corporate Wellness Campaigns and Succession Planning Initiatives. Currently, I work in the Portfolio Management Office, which tracks and monitors the delivery of major projects for the TTC. I enjoy applying the knowledge and skills I have gained over the past twenty years to support the organization in delivering a transit system that makes Toronto proud.”
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