TTC discount program for postsecondary students launches next week

In 2009, when the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) announced transit fare hikes, the York Federation of Students and the Glendon College Student Union, along with student unions from across the GTA, mobilized and established the Fair Student Fares campaign.

Students collected more than 10,000 petition signatures and presented deputations to convince the TTC that postsecondary students were in need of a discounted transit program. The result was a $99 postsecondary student discounted Metropass.

Effective September 2010, the TTC will be selling TTC Metropasses to university and college students at the student rate of $99 per month. Students will now be able to purchase the discounted Metropasses from any TTC ticket agent.

Students must obtain a TTC photo identification card in order to purchase the discounted Metropass at the student rate. York’s Parking & Transportation Services will continue to sell TTC Metropasses to faculty and staff but will no longer sell Metropasses to students.

Procedures to obtain a TTC photo identification card:

Postsecondary students must pre-register at the Data Card Web site, which is now available. The access code for students at the Keele campus is yu75004. The access code for students at the Glendon campus is yu75005.

After pre-registering, students must obtain their photo identification card. The Toronto Transit Commission contractor for the photo identification is Data Card. The company will be available on York’s two campuses on the following dates:

Keele campus:

Date Time Location
Aug. 25 10am to 7pm Vari Hall Rotunda
Sept. 22 10am to 7pm Founders Assembly Hall
Sept. 23 10am to 7pm Founders Assembly Hall
Sept. 28 10am to 7pm Founders Assembly Hall
Sept. 29 10am to 7pm Founders Assembly Hall

Glendon campus:

Date Time Location
Sept. 14 10am to 7pm Glendon Cafeteria
Sept. 15 10am to 7pm Glendon Cafeteria



Alternatively, students can obtain their photo identification from the TTC Sherbourne Station Photo ID Centre. The centre’s hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 3 to 7pm and Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. The centre is closed on Sundays and holidays. To view the TTC’s Q&A on this new initiative click here.

For more information, visit the TTC Web site.