April 24, 2014 4:05 pm

Presto cards won’t be on new streetcars until November

Photo of the new TTC streetcar on July 23, 2013.

Jackson Proskow/Global News

TORONTO – Presto card users won’t immediately be able to tap their card to get on the new streetcars when they begin to roll out across Toronto in August.

Presto devices won’t be available on streetcars until November.

“We want to get it right. We want to make sure we have no issues when streetcars go into service,” TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said in an interview Thursday. “We’re not going to hold back the streetcars for not having Presto readers on them. Presto capability will be rolled out across the system in the next couple years.”

In the interim, the TTC will be installing fare payment machines on board streetcars and at various stops along streetcar routes, and will test the devices in September and October.

The TTC is planning on rolling out Presto cards in two phases. The first will be on November 3 when Presto card users will able to tap their card to get on streetcars.

The second phase will start in October, 2015 when the TTC will begin implementing Presto cards across the subway, bus and streetcar network while phasing out other fares such as tokens and metropasses.

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