TTC Tickets Are Dying

TTCI once wrote that 'tickets or tokens' is the Toronto equivalent of the 'boxers or briefs' question. Outside of the Metropass crowd there are two types of TTC riders: those who buy paper tickets and those who buy tokens.

I still prefer tickets to tokens. I can put paper tickets in my wallet - I slip them in front of my credit card. I never lose tickets. Tokens, on the other hand, get mixed with my loose change. I don't use any entrances unattended by a TTC operator, so I've been happily buying tickets for as long as I can remember.

That's all coming to an end this summer. TTC tickets are dying. After September 28, they'll no longer be accepted. The paper ticket is dead, murdered by counterfeiters.

I hate tokens.


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I always bought tokens, but I guess that's just my preference.

July 10, 2008 @ 9:25 AM


I was a ticket guy when I was a student (and that's the only way you got the student fare... how are they doing that now?).

Then I moved to tokens because I didn't ride the TTC enough to get tickets... who knows when I would ride again, and tokens had a longer lifespan.

Tokens could also be bought from those automated machines. That was a heckuva lot more convenient than having to buy tickets from a person.

July 10, 2008 @ 10:32 AM



Reusable, easy to buy at a machine and they don't rip.

July 10, 2008 @ 11:09 AM


I hated whenever I had a token sitting in a coat pocket and then it would slip through a hole in the lining... and afterwards trying to sort em out like unknown change in a sofa.

also, I rec'd a spam message-sent only a few days ago at home, twice in an hour, maybe it could have been a real person - hope there isn't a charge next month.

July 10, 2008 @ 3:12 PM

Jason Paris

We've dropped one archaic technology and kept the other. Hardly a watershed moment in Toronto transit. But yah, I think the ticket media did have some advantages.

July 10, 2008 @ 11:53 PM

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