Hopping on and off the subway, bus or streetcar as many times as you want could be the future of transit if the TTC approves time-based transfers proposed by Mayor John Tory and Toronto councillors. 

Early Thursday morning, Mayor Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle published an open letter to TTC CEO Andy Byford, urging that the TTC consider introducing time-based transfers.

With a single fare valid for a specified amount of time, time-based transfers would finally allow TTC riders to use the subway, bus and streetcar as an unlimited number of times during the time period stamped on their ticket, eliminating the need to pay separate fees for quick transfers. 

But, the proposed policy would only apply to Presto card users, which accounts for about 16 per cent of the TTC rider population. 

And although the exact timeline of the grace period would be for transfers isn't clear, it is known that the TTC previously considered offering a two-hour window for riders to use their transfer, while Mayor Tory's office believes a 90-minute window is also fair. 

Mayor Tory is requesting that the TTC prepare a cost and implications report on a time-based transfer program by the end of this year. Reports say that the mayor's office hopes to be able to implement time-based transfers across the entire TTC system by 2018. 

Source: The Star 

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