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Once known as one of North America's most efficient public transportation systems, the TTC is now a underfunded system. North American car culture has overtaken Toronto, & has left transit in Toronto messed up.
However, TTC is still the best way to get around downtown. Though parking in Toronto is not terribly expensive, experiencing downtown through the TTC is just much more fun!
The TTC is based on the backbone of three subway lines with streetcar & bus routes that connect to it. If you are in need of a map, simply ask the ticket booth at a subway station and they will give you a free copy.
TTC is a based on a single fare system, where no matter how far you go, you pay the same fare. In order to switch from bus to bus or to subway/streetcar, a transfer is often needed. Usually, the bus driver will have transfers to give you if you ask for it. Click here to see the TTC's latest fares.
TTC is not the fastest transit system in the world, & many times there will be delays & other inconviences (e.g. drivers switching shifts). Also, the manual fare collection at the subway station is often slow & you could be stuck in a long line up...
At TTC, you can either pay cash fare, tokens or tickets. Tokens are coins that you can purchase at any TTC subway station booth. Usually they are purchased at a vending machine. You can also purchase tickets at TTC subway stations or at certified TTC ticket vendors.
The reason why tokens are bought are because they are still effective after a price increase. On the other hand, if you have outdated TTC tickets, you have to go to Shelbourne subway station & refund them. If you are coming to Toronto for a one time visit, TTC tickets or even a day/weekly pass may be prove to be more useful for you. Tickets purchased in bulk is discounted, so if you cannot justify the cost of a transit pass, you could save money through ticket purchase. Tokens purchased in bulk also offer a discount, though it is less than tickets.
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