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Toronto Public Library - free Presto cards

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Jun 20, 2020
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EmpressLisaSu wrote: Is it the same presto cards my wife has? Every card she has, presto, credit card maxed.
No

Learn how the PRESTO card makes it easier for you to pay for transit in the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa regions, and how it's different from some of the other payment cards you use.
For more information about PRESTO, to buy or load a card, or sign up for an account, visit PRESTOcard.ca.

What is a PRESTO card?
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ibuddler wrote: Hi, do you have to show them your ID or need to check the library card?

Thanks,
No. I just walked up to the counter and asked without any form of ID.
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luckylucass wrote: No. I just walked up to the counter and asked without any form of ID.
Confirmed, if they still have it, they handed over to you right away, no question ask
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Oct 28, 2015
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One question, since back to office order at my work place, as planned by HR I only need to ride the subway twice one day for every week starting June (morning from Vaughan station to Union, and evening from Union to Vaughan), thus totes to 4 days per month, what's the best way to purchase ticket? Presto card or CC? haven't been riding public transit for over 2 decades thus I am a confused by the changes, the last time I rode TTC was with student paper tickets/aluminum tokens.
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xuanzh wrote: One question, I only need to ride the subway twice one day for every week (morning from Vaughan station to Union, and evening from Union to Vaughan), thus totes to 4 days per month, what's the best way to purchase ticket? Presto card or CC? haven't been riding public transit for over 2 decades thus I am a confused by the changes, the last time I rode TTC was with student paper tickets/aluminum tokens.
I last used TTC before the pandemic. There's a slight chance that things have changed and a greater chance that my memory is faulty.

Use Presto. If you want to know why, RTFM. https://www.prestocard.ca/en/about/presto-on-the-ttc and https://www.ttc.ca/Fares-and-passes

If you are a senior or youth you can get a special Presto card that charges you less per ride.

Top up from credit card or cash.

The initial Presto card is or was free for York Region folks (not for us Toronto residents). The TPL presto cards are free but are intended for folks who cannot afford to pay for them. My impression is that there is no checking because that would be demeaning. I support that and won't be exploiting it.

Bonus 1: Presto works on YRT if you ever want it.

Bonus 2: one TTC fare charged to Presto will get you unlimited trips within a 2 hour window. Great for errands.
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Jun 20, 2020
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xuanzh wrote: One question, I only need to ride the subway twice one day for every week (morning from Vaughan station to Union, and evening from Union to Vaughan), thus totes to 4 days per month, what's the best way to purchase ticket? Presto card or CC? haven't been riding public transit for over 2 decades thus I am a confused by the changes, the last time I rode TTC was with student paper tickets/aluminum tokens.
TTC tickets, tokens and passes are no longer available for sale in subway stations.
https://www.ttc.ca/Fares-and-passes/How ... and-passes

Fare Vending Machines are located at all subway station entrances. You can use this machine to purchase a PRESTO card and load it with money to pay-as-you-go or a monthly pass for unlimited travel each month.

Self-Serve Reload Machines are also available at TTC subway stations. You can use these machines to load money onto your PRESTO card for pay-as-you-go travel or load a monthly pass. You can also check your balance.

Frequently asked questions about paying for your fare on the TTC
https://www.ttc.ca/Fares-and-passes/How ... bout-Fares


Everything you need to know about a Presto Card
In Toronto we use the Presto Card to pay for the TTC (Toronto Transit). In this video I show you how to buy and reload your card, plus how to use it. I mention that you can actually get discounts to attractions with the Presto card. Here is a link to all of the Presto perks:
https://www.prestocard.ca/en/about/presto-perks

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Oct 28, 2015
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Hugh wrote: I last used TTC before the pandemic. There's a slight chance that things have changed and a greater chance that my memory is faulty.

Use Presto. If you want to know why, RTFM. https://www.prestocard.ca/en/about/presto-on-the-ttc and https://www.ttc.ca/Fares-and-passes

If you are a senior or youth you can get a special Presto card that charges you less per ride.

Top up from credit card or cash.

The initial Presto card is or was free for York Region folks (not for us Toronto residents). The TPL presto cards are free but are intended for folks who cannot afford to pay for them. My impression is that there is no checking because that would be demeaning. I support that and won't be exploiting it.

Bonus 1: Presto works on YRT if you ever want it.

Bonus 2: one TTC fare charged to Presto will get you unlimited trips within a 2 hour window. Great for errands.
Thank you! I am a resident in Vellore Village(Vaughan) and which library is the closest to get this free Presto Cards?
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xuanzh wrote: Thank you! I am a resident in Vellore Village(Vaughan) and which library is the closest to get this free Presto Cards?
Please get a free card from York Region which are meant for any York Region resident. That way you don't use up the TPL Presto cards which are meant for disadvantaged Toronto residents.
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Hugh wrote: Please get a free card from York Region which are meant for any York Region resident. That way you don't use up the TPL Presto cards which are meant for disadvantaged Toronto residents.
York region no longer offers free Presto cards....

BTW, can you pay with credit card at Vaughan metro centre for riding the subway only? I don't think I have enough time to get a presto card and probably have to use CC for next week commuting....thanks
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Jun 20, 2020
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xuanzh wrote: York region no longer offers free Presto cards....

BTW, can you pay with credit card at Vaughan metro centre for riding the subway only? I don't think I have enough time to get a presto card and probably have to use CC for next week commuting....thanks
Fare Vending Machines are located at all subway station entrances.

from https://www.prestocard.ca/en/find-an-ou ... g-machines

Our new Fare Vending Machines allow you to:
  • Buy adult PRESTO cards with cash, debit or credit card
  • Load funds or adult passes instantly with cash, debit card or credit card
  • Check your balance and transaction history
  • Buy PRESTO Tickets


from https://www.prestocard.ca/en/about/presto-ticket

A PRESTO Ticket is a limited-use paper PRESTO card that can be used to pay your fare on the TTC. If you’re an occasional TTC rider or just visiting Toronto, a PRESTO Ticket may be perfect for you.
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Wondering if you can still get free cards at the library. Their complicated replacement instructions for lost cards has screwed me over and I now have to get another card to transfer the info from my lost card.

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