Metrolinx has announced plans to integrate post-secondary student fares with PRESTO cards in place of separate transit passes.

On September 14th Metrolinx revealed during their Board of Directors meeting, an upcoming initiative that would see the combination of existing student transit passes, such as UTM’s U-Pass, onto the company’s PRESTO cards in an effort to reduce student fares.

This initiative seeks to provide “an automated solution” for cheaper fares. This would also condense the number of passes students need to carry, by combing all transit fares onto one card.

There was no comment on how the payment for an automated U-Pass would be implemented or processed. UTM’s current U-Pass  program is automatically charged at an agreed upon rate with Miway through student’s tuition.

The Medium will be publishing more details as the story develops.