With the introduction of the TTC Monthly Passes on Presto Cards, it was just a matter of time before they got rid of Metropasses entirely. Tomorrow marks the end of an era, as the last TTC Metropass go on sale after almost 40 years.
Goodbye Metropass, Hello PRESTO. Metropasses will be discontinued on Dec 31, 2018. Don’t wait until January to switch to PRESTO, do it today! Learn more right here: https://t.co/dlvXaMmqEH pic.twitter.com/Kgn6QazKqA
— TTC Customer Service (@TTChelps) November 21, 2018
The milestone is set to be a key part of the TTC’s transition to PRESTO, and by the end of 2019, even tickets and tokens will be discontinued.
The December Metropass will feature the Cabbagetown Neighbours Heritage Mural on Parliament St. by Poonam Sharma and Michael Cavanaugh, and it goes on sale from tomorrow until December 5th.
The pass will be good for unlimited travel throughout the month of December.
Collector alert! It's the end of the line for the #TTC #Metropass . The last one ever goes on sale tomorrow for unlimited travel in December. Time to make that switch to @PRESTOcard Read more at: https://t.co/gyKWXPaIUt pic.twitter.com/Mn9kuzkfrA
— TTCStuart (@TTCStuart) November 22, 2018
The first Metropass was a paper card that required a TTC photo ID to use, and it went on sale on April 7th, 1980. Since then, more than 78 million Metropasses have been sold.
The TTC is now encouraging those who have not yet done so to switch to PRESTO before January. “TTC Monthly Passes and 12-Month Passes are available on PRESTO,” the TTC explained in a statement. “These passes cost the same and provide the same unlimited travel as a regular Metropass or Metropass Discount Plan (MDP).
Read the full statement below.
The last TTC Metropass goes on sale tomorrow! After this it's all PRESTO. The PRESTO card and system seems to be significantly stronger now than it was when launched. Not perfect at all, but if the TTC is willing to make the switch now… pic.twitter.com/5WHrGvU0yx
— Cameron MacLeod (@c_9) November 22, 2018