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TTC raises fares, January 2

At its meeting of Monday, November 23, the Toronto Transit Commission approved the TTC’s 2016 operating and capital budgets. It also agreed to raise the cost to ride the TTC, starting Sunday, January 3, 2016.

In 2016, you’ll have to drop another quarter into the farebox, if you pay by cash, as the adult fare increases to $3.25. The cost of each token jumps by ten cents to $2.90. If you use PRESTO fare cards, the system will deduct an extra dime — or $2.90 — from your e-purse each time you board the TTC and tap on a PRESTO device.

The cost of a weekly pass jumps by $1.50 to $42.25. A family pass, day pass or e-ticket will cost you an extra 50 cents, for a total of $12, starting January 3. If you ride the TTC’s downtown express buses, you’ll have to pay another $1.50 to get a Downtown Express sticker for your monthly Metropass. They’ll now set you back $41.50.

The commission agreed to freeze the cost of a Metropass at $141.50 per month. It also kept senior and student fares at the current levels, while staff review appropriate fares for these two passenger groups.

The higher fares will contribute $17 million in additional revenue for the TTC’s coffers. The TTC says it expects to carry 555 million riders in 2016, with an operating budget of $1.7 billion. Nevertheless, it still has a $41 million shortfall in its budget.

The commission is the TTC’s board of directors. It oversees matters of policy and planning, building, maintaining and operating the TTC system and expanding its services and facilities.

Commissioners include City of Toronto councillors and members of the public.

For fare purposes, TTC classifies passengers 20 to 64 years of age as “adults”.

Passengers 65 years of age or older are “seniors”.

Passengers 13 to 19 years of age are “students”.

Passengers 12 years of age or younger are “children”.

What can you do with “old” TTC tickets and passes?

You can get a refund for old tickets and day passes in person or through the mail. You can get a refund for any of these fares:

  • The TTC will refund the cost of 2013 and 2014 child tickets for 60 cents each.
  • It will refund the cost of 2014 senior or student tickets for $1.85 each.
  • It will refund the cost of 2014 day passes (marked as “Version A14” on the back of the pass) for $11.00 each.

Until Friday, February 29, you can get a refund for your tickets and day passes at the TTC Customer Service Centre, 1900 Yonge Street (above Davisville Station), Mondays to Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The TTC also extends its regular hours Thursdays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. every Thursday and the first and last business days of each month.

It closes the office statutory holidays. The TTC can refund you as much as $200 per transaction for old tickets and passes.

You can also get a refund by mail until Friday, February 29.

Write to:

TTC Accounts Payable
1900 Yonge Street,
Toronto ON
M4S 1Z2

Allow three to four weeks for your refund.

You can’t use senior / dtudent tickets and day passes that you bought before 2014 at any time and the TTC refund them for cash or exchange them for newer fare media.