Students get TTC ID on campus for first time

by | Oct 5, 2014 | News

Jalisa Massiah

News Reporter

Humber Sustainability made Humber College a little more accessible for its students.

All it took was a little push to get Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) services to come to Humber College to provide TTC Photo ID cards, saving students a trip to Sherbourne station. Photos were taken in the Main Concourse on Thursday.

Kristopher Truchan, a first-year Film and Television student, said his experience was snappy at the TTC post-secondary photo ID event.

“It was done really fast. I’ve been meaning to go and get my TTC card (and) it worked out really well,” he said.

“It was quick,” first-year Tourism Management student Scarlett Wang said enthusiastically. “In high school it would take two months (for the TTC photo card) to come, here they print it right away for you.”

Students are required get their photograph taken for the TTC photo ID card, so post-secondary students can take advantage of the discounted price for student Metropasses, and avoid being refused entry on the bus.

The identification photos taken by the TTC Thursday cost $7.

“A lot of students take the bus. We have 1,200 plus busses come to (the) North campus everyday, so we know that lots of people are taking the bus,” Humber Sustainability manager Lindsay Walker said.

Walker discovered the TTC provided their services to other colleges and universities, but Humber College wasn’t among them.

“We get questions about TTC and how to get Metropasses and does Humber help. When I went to the website on TTC last year, it said in bold letters we don’t come to Humber. They didn’t really have a reason. So we organized to have them here,” she said.

This is the first year Humber College has ran the program so students can get their TTC photo ID cards on campus. The north campus is the only campus that has access to this program.

“If this event is successful we will then speak with TTC so we can have it at the Lakeshore campus as well,” said Walker.

As of 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2,, 466 students had come to get their picture taken for the TTC Metropass.

The TTC photo ID Metropass for full time students sells for $108 as opposed to $133 for the regular adult version.