The Toronto Transit Commission has issued tokens since 1954, when it opened the Yonge subway.
They are the same price as adult tickets and they’re available in most of the same places.
Still, Wednesday’s announcement that the TTC plans to stop issuing adult tickets in September has many patrons crying foul, particularly men who like the convenience of being able to fold the tickets into their wallets. It also has some wondering why the TTC has bothered to issue both tickets and tokens at all.
The main reason is that tickets can be used to distinguish between student, senior and adult fares, said TTC spokesperson Brad Ross.
“It’s really a convenience issue. People like the tickets — they’re lighter, they can put them in wallets.”