Canada and Toronto are rightly proud of hosting the Pan Am Games later this month, and like all good hosting cities, they are quickly working on sprucing up the place for the many tourists that will invade this fine city. Work is being done to insure that hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, vendors and especially transportation is especially fast and efficient to move the masses of people around the city. Even the Toronto Transit Commission is revving up its technology - something they were always a bit behind in doing - by introducing a new app called the TTCconnect that should be available in the next couple of weeks. With apps to purchase movie tickets and Rogers' Suretap Wallet spreading across Canada it only makes sense to use your mobile device to travel via TTC.
This new E-Ticket option should make it a lot easier for customers, not only the out-of-towners coming in for the Pan Am Games, but just for the everyday or even occasional commuter. You can purchase either a Single Day Pass or Group Pass using the TTCconnect app on your smartphone. You can pre-purchase your pass and then must activate it before use. What is nice is that you can pre-purchase a Pass and hold on to it until you need it - once activated, both the Single Day Passes and Group Passes are valid from the date activated (not purchased) until 5:30 AM the next day. All restrictions that apply to their paper counterparts are in effect for the E-Tickets.
A Group Day Pass is valid to use on Saturday, Sunday, statutory holidays and TTC selected dates. They are good for 1 Adult and not more than 5 youths (13 to 19 years old), 2 Adults and not more than 4 youths, or simply 2 Adults - Children ages 12 and under are free. The Single Day Pass is valid for 1 Adult, 7 days a week. It is very easy to purchase and use an E-Ticket - create an account online or on your smartphone after you download the app...this will involve setting up a credit card to pay for your Passes, activate your purchased E-Ticket, and show the ticket displayed on your screen to the TTC Operator. What you see on your display is illustrated below and it is your proof-of-payment, although the TTC Operator may ask you to validate your purchase by touching your screen and it will change colors.
The TTC did not indicate if this will replace one-time payments or tokens, but it is definitely a step in the right direction - sometimes an event, like the Pan Am Games, coming to a city turns out to be a very big incentive to help modernize outdated techniques.