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PRESTO Makes Commuting Easier For Families On the GO

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PRESTO Makes Commuting Easier For Families On the GO

McGuinty Government Delivers PRESTO On All GO Trains and Buses

Ministry of Transportation

PRESTO is now available at all GO stations and on all GO buses.

Whether you're travelling on a GO train or bus, or municipal transit, the PRESTO card will help get you there. PRESTO is available at all 61 GO Transit stations, about 400 GO buses and on seven municipal transit systems.

Every day about 60,000 commuters are using their PRESTO cards to travel seamlessly across multiple transit systems in the GTHA.  Users load their PRESTO cards with money and "tap on" when boarding a bus or train. The fare is automatically deducted from the card, eliminating the need for exact change, transfers or tokens.

PRESTO is another way Ontario is making it easier for commuters to get on the GO. Starting next year, riders will also get a refund if their train is more than 15 minutes late because Ontario families want to know that when they choose GO Transit they are going to get to where they need to be, quickly and on time.


Quick Facts

  • PRESTO commuters have tapped onto transit more than six million times since the card was launched in May 2010.
  • Ottawa municipal transit will be PRESTO-ready by spring 2012.
  • Since 2003, more than $10.8 billion has been invested in public transit, including over $4.7 billion in GO Transit to improve and expand service.
  • GO Transit moves 57 million riders a year.

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“The McGuinty government is making it more convenient for commuters to choose transit. With PRESTO, riders can travel across multiple transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with just one card.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

“PRESTO is one step towards the vision of a truly regional transit network and a significant customer service improvement on transit agencies in the GTHA. Fare payment is simplified with one tap of a card.”

Bruce McCuaig

President and CEO of Metrolinx

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