The King streetcar will officially begin all-door boarding in the new year in an effort to speed up travel on the busiest surface route in the city.
The proof of payment method, which relies on the honour system among riders, is already employed occasionally but as of Jan. 1, it will be the standard practice from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during weekdays on the 504 line.
It means that anyone holding a Metropass, transfer or some other pass can board from the rear doors instead of waiting to cram on through the front. TheTTC has a fleet of fare inspectors that will divide their time between King, Queen and Spadina, which also have all door boarding.
The TTC says almost 20% of a streetcar’s journey is spent at stops. All door boarding is expected to cut that to 7%.
Mayor John Tory announced the official changes at a press conference on King Street with TTC CEO Andy Byford and chair Josh Colle.
“This initiative also rests on trusting Torontonians to pay their fares,” said Mayor Tory. “For those who don’t, no mercy, as they will spoil it for everyone else.”
The King car moves 60,000 people every day.
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