“It’s always seemed to me kind of odd that people with Metropasses are forced to get on at the front of the streetcar when people are trying to get off as well,” he said. “We know this is going to speed things up.”
Byford said there will be fare inspectors on streetcars to help passengers adjust to the change and to ensure that fares are paid. The TTC says a failure to show a transfer, valid pass or proof-of-purchase receipt can result in a $ 425 fine.
Passengers who pay with tokens, tickets or cash must continue to board at the front door.
“I think it’s a good idea but at the beginning, there’s going to be a lot of commotion,” she said.
The move toward rear-door boarding on streetcars comes as the TTC gets ready to allow streetcar passengers to pay using the Presto prepaid fare card. Passengers using Presto will soon be able to tap the card at the machines as they board. They will be issued a paper receipt and Presto machines will be located at both the front and rear doors of all streetcars, old and new.
The TTC has said Presto streetcar payment on all streetcars is coming before year’s end. During his interview on Metro Morning, Byford hinted that an announcement about Presto use on streetcars may be coming this week.
Presto machines are already in use on the new streetcars currently in service on the 510 Spadina and 509 Harbourfront routes. Some stops are equipped with machines that allow passengers to pay using their Presto card before they board.