In what could be the beginning of the end for the old cash-and-token system on the TTC, the Commission is to roll out a pilot project with Presto this summer that supports contactless payments from a smartphone, credit card or debit card.
The test will be limited to College Station but, if successful, it will be rolled out to Dundas and then Yonge-Bloor. The goal is to have all TTC stations, as well as GO Transit and Hamilton Transit, running on Presto by the end of 2015. GO Transit stations are currently using a first-generation reader that does not support the same contactless technologies as what will eventually roll out across the TTC, but will be replaced in the coming years.
The governing body of the rollout, Metrolinx, plans to install contactless Presto readers at all TTC stations and on all vehicles by the end of 2015, in time for the Pan-Am Games in Toronto.