Scarborough residents have to swallow "no subways for you."
I recently looked into the Presto payment option and discovered that there are multiple Presto machines at various TTC subway stations all across the city...except in Scarborough.
Here is the list of TTC stations where Presto machines are located:
- Queen’s Park
- St. George
- St. Patrick
- Don Mills
- York Mills
Beyond these "end" stations, there are several other stations included. Why does Islington, the next station east of Kipling end Station, also get Presto machines ahead of Kennedy or the Scarborough Town Centre? Same question with respect to Yorkdale & Downsview?
The thing is, Presto offers a discount on fare. Why should Scarborough have less access to the opportunity to save on fare than other areas of the city? Scarborough continues to get less service - yet pay the same fare, and that's just not fair.
I contacted TTC about it, and was told:
"The TTC is still in the process of finalizing agreements with Metrolinx/PRESTO for a system-wide installation of PRESTO at all TTC stations and vehicles. Metrolinx/PRESTO is hoping to have this installed throughout the TTC network in time for the 2015 Pan American Games."
2015? Hello? It's 2012. Why should Scarborough residents have to wait for several years to have equal access to services to which others have access right now? And, what if there were no 2015 Games?
This is not acceptable. Are there grounds for class action here? Scarborough will continue to get the short end of the stick until it kicks back and refuses to accept 2nd class status, or gets a discount on fares reflecting the diminished services it gets relative to the rest of the city.