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New streetcar proof-of-payment system may slow down commuting process

CityNews | posted Friday, Aug 29th, 2014

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The new streetcars starting Sunday on the 510 Spadina route will feature a new proof-of-payment system and it may slow down the commute.

The fare payment box next to the driver will be replaced by a machine that will print out a proof of purchase.

CityNews timed out a ticket purchase using the new machine. It took about 16 seconds from the second a token went in to the minute the ticket printed.

With the older streetcars, it only takes a few seconds to pay with token or cash by dropping it into the fare payment box at the front of the vehicle.

“I think the TTC can do one thing really well and that’s waste my time,” one rider said.

When asked if the machines will cause congestion, the TTC said it might but that’s why there will be machines at some stops.

There will be two machines per streetcar and eight along the route at the actual stops.

With the new system comes amped-up security, with about 20 fare inspectors checking proof of payment.

In addition to the new method of payment, the new streetcars are bigger, lower, and are wheelchair accessible.

Two new streetcars will start running on the 510 Spadina route starting on Sunday.

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