This TTC announcement will disrupt established consumer shopping patterns along St. Clair Avenue. No longer will streetcar riders be able to get on an off at their favorite shops without paying full fare each time they re-board!
With the introduction of new accessible and air-conditioned low-floor streetcars to its 512 St Clair route on Sept. 3, the TTC has announced it will eliminate the two-hour time-based transfers on the route. According to the TTC, operators on the new streetcars cannot issue paper transfers to customers.
As with all other TTC routes, fares are valid for one continuous trip. Customers will be required to pay again if they choose to end their journey along the route for any length of time.
The time-based transfer was introduced on the 512 St Clair route as a temporary measure in 2005 for customers and businesses during construction of the right-of-way.
The new streetcars will be introduced to the route as they arrive over the next several months with the entire route expected to be entirely low-floor by early 2018.