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Metrolinx Celebrates Two Million PRESTO Customers

TORONTO: May 24, 2016 – Metrolinx has reached a major milestone with over two million transit riders now using the PRESTO electronic fare card across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and Ottawa.

PRESTO makes it easier to get around the GTHA and Ottawa by allowing customers to tap on to transit with a smart card preloaded with funds or a transit pass. Customers can also arrange to have funds automatically topped up or set up their monthly passes to automatically renew on their PRESTO cards. Over the last 12 months alone, approximately 500,000 transit users joined PRESTO and can now travel across multiple transit agencies and regions using one modern, convenient payment card.

“PRESTO is helping us modernize, integrate and strengthen our transit network so that it’s easier for people to move around the GTHA and Ottawa,” said Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx President & CEO. “We are committed to working with our regional and municipal partners to get more people onto transit, and PRESTO plays a key role in that work.”

The electronic fare system is now fully available on GO Transit, Union Pearson Express, Hamilton Street Railway, Burlington Transit, Brampton Transit, Oakville Transit, MiWay (Mississauga), York Region Transit, Durham Region Transit and OC Transpo (Ottawa). In addition, PRESTO is available on all Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcars and a growing number of subway stations and buses. By the end of this year, PRESTO will be available across the entire TTC network, with more than 10,000 electronic fare payment devices on buses, streetcars and in subway stations.

“PRESTO makes the travel and commuting experience as easy as possible and based on the uptake of PRESTO, customers agree,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. “Our government will continue to support initiatives that improve the quality of life for all Ontarians.”

To celebrate reaching more than two million customers, PRESTO is holding a customer appreciation contest running from May 24 to June 19, with over 40 winning card holders receiving $150 on their PRESTO card. The contest will be followed by a two-week awareness campaign to help customers learn more about the benefits of PRESTO and its self-serve options. Visit prestotaphappy.ca for more information.

Metrolinx is planning, building and delivering hundreds of projects and services across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to move the region forward. Bringing PRESTO’s convenient, modern fare payment system to more transit riders throughout the region is making it easier and faster for people to get where they need to be, when they need to be there. Learn more about Metrolinx and its Regional Transportation Plan.

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