Saturday, May 1, 2010 brings the 30th birthday of the Metropass.
Back in the dark ages when creative cheating on one’s transfer produced roughly the same effect as a ride-at-will pass, TTC management said a pass would simply not work in Toronto. Over the years, they have trotted that story out for a lot of things, sadly, and the record is wearing out. (It would have been a record, probably a wind-up grammaphone knowing the TTC back in those days.)
Then a strange thing happened. Hamilton, little often-ignored Hamilton down at the end of the lake, got a monthly pass. If it could work there, why not in Toronto?
Metropasses now account for over half of the rides taken by adult customers on the TTC. With some luck we may see a shift to some form of smart card (that’s an article in its own right) and a much more flexible fare system on the TTC sometime this decade.
On Saturday, go have a coffee and a small pastry of your choice with a little candle, and sing Happy Birthday to your Metropass!