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article imageToronto Transit Commission tests new fare payment system Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 11, 2010 in Business
Toronto - The Toronto Transit Commission has recently begun testing out a new preliminary fare payment system on the 6 Bay bus route, which is a dramatic shift from either showing your transit pass or dropping your fare in a slot box.
Digital Journal reported this week that the TTC awarded a New York consulting firm $1.3 million to look into a new pay-as-you-go system where you simply swipe your credit card each time you use the subway system.
On Friday, Digital Journal had the opportunity to see a possibly new way of paying your bus fare. If the TTC receives positive feedback, as it asks riders to comment on their experience, then transit riders could have different ways of paying their fare.
Instead of showing a TTC operator your transit pass, whether it is a weekly pass or Metropass, you swipe it, which is similar to entering a subway station through the turnstiles. Also, similar to inserting a token at a subway station, riders could eventually insert their tokens into a special slot.
There is a special opening for those who are paying with cash, change or bus tickets.
The TTC is not the first transit system to adopt this method of paying fares. The York Transit system has used this process on their buses for years.
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