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TTC cardholders a hot ticket

For Metropass

Cathy Gulli
National Post
May 7, 2005

Toronto transit riders who refer to rush hour may not be talking about the race to work but rather the mad dash to get a plastic cardholder for their monthly Metropass and accompanying identification.

“We can’t keep them in stock,” said Marilyn Bolton of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). “As soon as [fare collectors] get a case of them, they go like hotcakes. The first person in the line asks for one and then everybody else behind asks for one and then they’re gone.”

The free, clear plastic wallets are popular among TTC riders because they make flashing a Metropass and ID when boarding the subway, streetcar or bus as easy as a flip of the wrist.

But this demand has led to a scarcity that frustrates some of the 95,000 people buying a Metropass each month for $76.25 to $98.75 a piece, depending on age, student status and discount programs.

Christine Manning, a Metro-pass user for the past 20 years, hasn’t been able to find a sleeve for her pass. “It makes it easier [to carry the Metropass and ID]. Otherwise, I’m worried about losing them,” she said at the Davisville station.

Paul Millett, general superintendent of subway transportation, said the TTC orders enough sleeves for the number of Metropasses sold, budgeting $50,000 a year to procure 1.2 million sleeves.

Those boxes of sleeves, however, are rationed among the fare collector booths at each of the 69 subway stations.

“Once every three months, we grab an order and we stock up our booths. And when they’re gone, they’re gone,” Mr. Millett said.




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