Ontario government launches credit and debit payment on TTC

Posted: 15 August 2023 | | No comments yet

In order to enhance convenience and streamline journeys, the Ontario government has introduced credit and debit card usage on the Toronto Transit Commission and other local transit services.

Ontario government launches credit and debit payment on TTC

The Ontario government has announced that it is set to transform the way that commuters pay for their transit journeys on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). As of 15 August 2023, commuters can enjoy unprecedented convenience as they gain access to an array of new payment options, including the use of credit and debit cards, even on their smartphones and smartwatches.

“The launch of credit and debit payment on the TTC is just another way our government is making life easier for people across the Greater Toronto Area,” said Stan Cho, Associate Minister of Transportation. “Whether travelling for work, appointments, or anything in between, the transit experience should be as convenient as possible.”

This landmark development follows the resounding success of similar payment innovations across various local transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas. Alongside TTC, the upgrade extends to other transit services including GO Transit, UP Express, Brampton Transit, Burlington Transit, Durham Region Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, MiWay (in Mississauga), Oakville Transit, and York Region Transit.

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“Our government is working with our municipal partners to make it easier and more convenient for transit riders to get from point A to point B,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “We are continuing to improve PRESTO services by introducing new and innovative payment options that make fare payments easier.”

In another development on the horizon, the Ontario government is collaborating with Metrolinx to introduce virtual PRESTO cards for mobile wallets in the coming months. This move further underscores the commitment to enhancing the transit experience for all riders, solidifying Ontario’s position as a pioneer in modernising public transportation.

“Giving people the option of paying with their debit or credit cards makes it easier for people to choose the TTC to get to work, school or anywhere else. As a transit rider, I’m pleased to have new options for paying my fare quickly and conveniently,” said Olivia Chow, Mayor of Toronto.