TTC votes to look into time-based transfers

Commission moves to consider allowing multiple stops on a single fare

The TTC has agreed to take a look at an idea that could make it a whole lot cheaper for you to run errands while riding public transit.

Commissioners voted Tuesday to study the idea of time-based transfers.

Right now, TTC riders are allowed to transfer vehicles to continue a trip, but hopping back on a bus, streeter, or subway would require a second fare to be paid.

The idea now being considered could allow transfers to valid for 90 minutes or two hours and riders might be able to get on and off as many times as needed to during that window, all on a $3 cash fare or token.

If approved, it would mean for example that transit passengers would only have to pay one fare to take transit to and from the grocery store. It would also allow riders to make several stops during a long ride.

No word on a timeline for possible implementation, but a report on the idea could be ready in several months.

It's estimated time-based transfer could cost the TTC $20 million in lost fares.

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