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TTC starts selling temporary tickets, stops selling tokens

The TTC will start selling temporary adult tickets tomorrow, Monday, November 23 and stop selling tokens until Sunday, January 3.

By re-introducing adult tickets, the TTC hopes to have enough tokens to meet normal demand in January when fares increase.

A TTC media release explains that “the TTC also has a financial responsibility to ensure revenue losses are stemmed whenever possible. Without taking these steps today, the TTC could lose more than $5 million in 2010 revenues due to token hoarding.”

The TTC won’t limit the number of temporary tickets you can buy at one time. However, you won’t be able to buy them after Saturday, January 2. Temporary adult tickets cost the same as tokens do: 5 for $11.25 or 10 for $22.50.

Starting January 3, you’ll have to add 25 cents to the farebox, when you use the adult tickets, because the cost of a single token increases to $2.50 that day. After Sunday, January 31, TTC drivers and fare collectors will not accept the temporary adult ticket as fare.

The TTC is not going refund nor exchange temporary adult tickets after the new fares take effect.

You can still use tokens and you can still buy single tokens at token vending machines throughout the subway system. The TTC will also supply authorized ticket agents and institutions that buy large quantities of tokens with temporary adult tickets until January 2.