TTC stands for Toronto Transit Commission, and it’s composed by the bus system (bus), subway (metro) and street car (electric streetcar).
This means we can move from one mode of transportation to another using the same type of pass – but you need to understand some rules!
Types of fares
Ticket – as has already been incorporated into Portuguese, is a square piece of paper – used only for students and seniors (elderly).
Token (purchased at subway stations) – has the shape of a coin, the size of a $0.10 cents, with golden edge. Can be used both on the subway as the bus and the tram also.
Pass (Passe) – there is a variety, the most common are the weekly and monthly.
Transfer – a rectangle piece of paper – can be picked up at the subway station or delivered by the driver of the bus or streetcar.
Paying fares – Paying your ticket / fare
First Mistake – You take the bus, ask how much it costs ($ 3), and give the driver a $5 or $10 and wait for the change. The driver looks at you with closed face and says “I do not have change”-“I have no change” or “I do not carry change with me”.
In buses and Streetcars, the collector (cobrador) is the driver and only accepts the exact amount of money, ticket, token, pass or transfer.
Tip (dica) : change your money before you get on the bus.
At the collector booth (cabine), tickets, tokens e weekly passes (sim, passes semanais) can be purchased/ bought with cash.
Tokens can only be purchased in quantities of multiples of 5 – worth the cost goes from $3 to $2.5 per pass.
Tickets for seniors (seniors 65 and older) and students also can only be purchased in multiples of 5. The price reduces from $3 to $2 dollars.
If you decide to pay only one pass, throw $ 3 in the box in front of the booth. If you need to change money, the collector does it for you and return you full amount exchanged so then you put your $3. If you are buying tokens, you should also put a token in the box before passing through the turnstile (roleta/catraca).
Nevertheless, post-secondary students (undergraduate students) only have discounton monthly pass.
When buying the tickets, say “5 tokens, please”, and delivered the money. No need to use larger or more complicated sentences. Be objective, especially in times of rush.
A good alternative for families and tourists, is the day-pass (day pass). It costs $10 and allows free use of the TTC (subway, bus and streetcar) during the day.
During the weekdays the single pass is sold individually.
It also can be used on weekends and holidays:
Two adults – dois adultos,
Two adults and four (4) kids (children), or
One adult and five (5) kids (children)
What about a debit / credit card?
They only can be used to purchase the monthly pass.
Subway Stations that accept debit card and credit card (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) are:
Dundas ( East – West). Dundas have two stations, one on each side of Yonge.
Bloor-Yonge (North side – lado norte)
Finch, Kennedy, Kipling e Downsview Stations only accept debit card, only to buy the monthly pass.
For those who follow our the posts, has already to realize that cash (dinheiro vivo) is what rules in town.
Using the transfer
1) If you take the subway, and will transfer to a bus in any station, after going thru the turnstiles (catracas/roletas) look for a transfer machine – a red machine (box) that when you press the button, releases a transfer. The transfer should be presented to the bus driver or streetcar when you take them.
WARNING: You can not catch a bus on the same subway station that picked up the transfer .
2) Another way to get the transfer is after paying the fare direct to the bus driver / operator, when entering a bus or streetcar.
If you don’t need the transfer, just say “Thank you, I don’t need one “acting like that you will avoid to carry a piece of paper (that will go to garbage eventually) helping to keep the city and transport clean.
Needless to wave at the bus stop. If you are standing at the bus stop (ponto de onibus) the bus must stop. What can happen is the opposite: some people doing signal “no” by hand to warn the driver not to stop.
To get off the bus through the back door, after the driver unlock it (a green light on), push (empurre) the yellow bar the door (no need to force) and the door opens shortly after.
To get off the streetcar, just go down to the second step. Step on it (pise no Segundo degrau) the door will open.
For these two cases above, the driver may forget to release the back door if you are distracted. If this happens, you can speak out loud: “Excuse me! Can you open the door, please? “(Excuse me, could you open the door, please?).
In crowded buses, the driver is common to say “Please, move back, “urging passengers to go to the back of the bus and make space for those who are getting in.
Women can get off “between bus stops” after 9pm, for security reasons. For that, go to the driver and say “Excuse me, can you stop on the street (say the name of the street or say the intersection)”or “Can you stop in front of( and give the driver a reference – name a church, restaurant, name of establishment).
In Toronto, the passenger that takes a bus towards North (N) can not use the transfer to take the south bus \(or east and west destinations). You can even risk it, but keep in mind that you may be stopped at the entrance of the bus to pay another fare.
Inside the bus/subway terminals, it is not necessary to show the transfer to the driver, you wont be using any turnstile.
And a last warning: in subway stations, the outside area is usually quite large and has no gates. It is common that people try to enter the station through that wide space instead of going through the turnstile. You will be fined (voce será multado) and the fine is not cheap, it is cheaper to pay the fare.