The TTC is finally going to enable customers to purchase fares using debit and credit cards.
However, Toronto’s ancient subway stations, which even Mayor John Tory calls “almost prehistoric,” will still face one major snag: the treshold for debit and credit use will be a hefty $10, and customers purchasing smaller fares will still need cash. (In Vancouver, for example, there is no threshold.)
Implementing these debit and credit ports will cost approximately $1.5 million, the city estimates.
The TTC is also still working toward offering wifi and cellular connectivity at stations, something that, again, most transit systems in global cities already offer. Last month three more stations got wifi. The project started in 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
“The completion of Dundas, Queen, King and Union is extremely exciting for us,” said Ken Ranger, CEO of BAI Canada, which is implementing the technology.