MOVE OVER SWIP­ING. IT’S TIME FOR TRAN­SIT RIDERS TO GET USED TO TAP­PING

StarMetro Toronto - - FRONT PAGE - Gil­bert Ngabo STAFF RE­PORTER

Mi­aba Bernil bought a Presto on Wed­nes­day and is happy that if lost, it can be re­placed.

Dean Me­lamed has be­ing us­ing Presto for 10 months and likes that, when the tap ma­chines aren’t work­ing, driv­ers some­times al­low a free ride.

Rachel Hen­der­son, who switched to Presto in Novem­ber, says it’s an­noy­ing that she now has to buy cards for her two kids un­der 12.

With the end of the Metropass at the turn of the new year, Toronto is now of­fi­cially liv­ing in a Presto world — with thou­sands of for­mer Metropass users join­ing other TTC pa­trons who tap, not swipe, to get across the city.

The TTC phased out the Metropass at the end of De­cem­ber in favour of the Presto fare- card sys­tem. Be­tween Dec. 15 and Wed­nes­day, the TTC said it had sold about 120,000 Presto cards to for­mer users of the Metropass. Act­ing man­ager of com­mu­ni­ca­tions Heather Brown said hol­i­days mean those num­bers are lower than the av­er­age 250,000 Metropasses sold monthly. The TTC says the next move will be phas­ing out tick­ets and to­kens.

Riders re­act at thes­tar.com/gta

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