Yes, the TTC fare increase seems like a foregone conclusion. But if you’ve been spending your afternoons lining up repeatedly at collector booths to stock up on tokens, let me suggest an alternative way to save yourself some money: sign up for the Metropass Discount Plan (MDP).
Yesterday, I subscribed for the MDP at the current, pre-increase rate of $100 per month. The caveat was that I had to buy a December Metropass at the MDP office at Davisville station.
Interestingly, this was my second attempt at getting this deal. When I tried it last week, I was told I couldn’t do it because the deadline for starting the MDP in December had passed (on November 5, one day after the fare hike proposal was announced). I was told then that I would be charged whatever the new rate was going to be when my plan kicked in on January 1, 2010.
The truth, in fact, is that when I went back to the MDP office yesterday I was planning an “undercover” operation to expose an unfair business practice on the part of the TTC. How, I wondered, could they get me to sign a contract stating that they’ll deduct an undisclosed sum from my account? What’s more, how could they explain the fact that the MDP section of the TTC’s website still lists the price at $100 per month?
Luckily for everyone, it seems they either realized their mistake in the time between my two visits, or else the agent I spoke with last week was unaware of the policy. What we have, then, is a brief period of cloudiness that benefits the consumer. Oh, and — all things considered — cheap Metropasses.
But when I say “brief,” I mean it. If you want to take advantage of this, you’d better HURRY; they’re deciding on the fare increase today. As soon as it’s approved, you can bet that they’ll put a stop to this practice and start signing people up at the new rate.
Photo by David Topping