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TTC brings back tickets to cope with token hoarding

Published On Sun Nov 22 2009

The Toronto Transit Commission will start selling adult fare tickets Monday, and stop selling bulk tokens until a fare increase kicks in Jan. 3.

The TTC said in a statement that it wants to make sure it has enough tokens on hand in January.

Riders have been hoarding tokens since the fare increase was approved by the TTC, which first limited sales to 10 tokens per purchase, then cut it back to five tokens per purchase.

Tokens will still be accepted as fares throughout the period, and single tokens will still be available from vending machines.

The TTC stopped selling tickets because it said counterfeiters were making too many.

There will be no limit on sales of tickets, and they can be used until Jan. 31. But after Jan 3, when the fare increase begins, riders will have to deposit an extra 25 cents with the ticket.

TTC chair Adam Giambrone said that had it not taken the special measures, the TTC stood to lose $5 million because of hoarding.