A video posted online shows someone using an umbrella to open a Presto gate without payment.
The video posted on YouTube on April 4 appears to show a person swinging an umbrella through the plastic partition and tripping the sensor to open the gate without payment.
“The new Presto gates have been disasters from the start. Here’s another fail to add to the list,” the video’s description said. “Why are the plastic partitions so far apart that you can literally shove something to reach the sensors on the other side?”
TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said the act of using an umbrella to open the gate is fare evasion.
“These are fare gates, not bank vaults, and are standard around the world,” Ross said. “Fare cheats will be caught with vigorous enforcement and face fines of up to $425.
The TTC said further fare enforcement procedures will be in place at subway stations across the city once the transit agency transitions to their new management model.
“Expect to see more uniformed staff and special constables in stations ensuring customers have the assistance they need to pay their fare and to enforce and ticket when the type of behaviour seen in the video is spotted,” Ross said.