The TTC’s newest fare hike starts March 1. Here’s what to expect

The TTC’s newest fare hike starts March 1. Here’s what to expect

The TTC is hiking its fares. Again. As of Sunday, March 1, prepare to drop some more change during your commute.

According to the TTC’s website, the adult cash fare will remain the same at $3.25, while the cash fare for all other fare types will increase by $0.10. This will also apply to Presto payments, and the cost of monthly passes will increase across all fare types.

And at the end of the month, say goodbye to the program that provides discounts for trips between GO Transit and the TTC. The program will expire March 31, after the Ontario PC government declined to continue funding it and the two transit agencies failed to reach an agreement to make up the shortfall.

The TTC’s fare increase is the ninth hike since 2009.

Here’s what the new fares will look like:

Cash fare:

If you’re an adult paying in cash, you’re in luck as yours is the only fare that remains unchanged. Youth under 19 and seniors 65+ will pay $2.30, an additional 10 cents from the previous $2.20.

Presto fare:

Adults paying-as-they-go using Presto will now pay $3.20, while youth and seniors will have to pay $2.25.

Presto tickets will remain unchanged if you’re buying a $3.25 one-ride ticket or a $6.50 two-ride ticket. The day pass ticket will see a 0.50 cent increase to $13.50.

TTC Monthly Pass:

The adult monthly pass will increase by $6 to $156 and $6.30 to 201.90 for the Downtown Express pass which allows riders to take any of the five express buses downtown.

The 12-month pass will increase to $143 from $138.55 per month. Seniors and youth will pay $117.45 up from $112.25 per month. Including Downtown Express adults will have to pay $188.90 up from $166.90 and youth and seniors will pay $163.35 up from $156.70.

The TTC’s board approved the fare increase on Dec. 16.

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Most of the expected $84-million increase to the TTC’s budget will go to cover rising costs of the existing system, while just $9.5 million is for new and enhanced services.

With files from Ben Spurr.

Raneem Alozzi

Raneem Alozzi is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @r_alozzi

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