New way to pay on Spadina
Toronto is getting a transformational new ride when the new streetcars begin service on Spadina Avenue on Sun., Aug. 31.
With it, TTC riders will experience a new way to pay a fare. Not only will the 510 Spadina route become a proof-of-payment service, new fare-vending machines, both onboard the new cars and along the avenue at eight of the busiest stops, will be in use.
The new fare equipment is an interim solution until Presto payment is introduced in November. The new equipment is only available on the new cars. Legacy streetcars won’t be retrofitted. Customers riding CLRVs and ALRVs will continue to pay at the farebox. But they will be able to take advantage of all-door boarding with passes and transfers, which will be their proof of payment. TTC pass users can board all streetcars from all doors.
Here’s how the fare payment will work on Spadina:
- Customers boarding the new streetcars can use coins or tokens to purchase a single-ride POP ticket from one of two red onboard vending machines. Customers must keep their POP ticket as proof of payment and for transferring to intersecting routes or entering stations. The POP ticket acts as a transfer. Riders also have the option to use an on-street vending machine to purchase their fare before boarding.
- Customers boarding the new streetcars with Senior/Student and Child tickets must validate their fare at one of the two smaller, red validator machines next to the fare vending machines. The validated ticket is their proof of payment and transfer, which must be deposited in a farebox when transferring to an intersecting route. These riders also have the option to validate their tickets at an on-street machine before boarding.
- Customers boarding the new streetcars with a transfer must keep the transfer handy as proof of payment in the event of a fare inspection by one of the TTC’s new Transit Fare Inspectors. The Inspectors, and additional customer service staff, will be assisting riders with the new fare payment process.
As a result of the 510 Spadina service becoming a POP route, all-door boarding on all streetcars will take effect with the start of service on Aug. 31.
POP has been in effect on the 501 Queen route for several years. The 502 Downtowner and the 503 Kingston Rd streetcars use the POP system while running on Queen Street. The 508 Lake Shore cars use POP while running on Lake Shore Boulevard.