Oakville Transit is PRESTO ready!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 – for immediate release

Oakville Transit is PRESTO ready!

New ‘smartcard’ makes travelling between transit systems easier

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton and Council welcomed the Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, to Oakville for the official launch of PRESTO — the province’s new transit ‘smartcard’ system. The PRESTO system will eventually allow customers to ride on any participating Greater Toronto Hamilton Area transit system without having to worry about individual passes, tickets or exact cash fare.  

“Oakville Transit’s new grid routes are carrying even more residents to work, to the movies and right across town,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “PRESTO’s one simple pay method will make getting to your destination even easier and more convenient.”

All 90 Oakville Transit buses are equipped with PRESTO devices. With a tap of a card, the fare is deducted from the electronic value uploaded to the card. At this phase of the project, PRESTO is available for adult fares only. Cards for students and seniors will be available later this year.

“Whether you’re going from Oakville Transit to the GO Train, or connecting to Burlington Transit, the PRESTO card will offer seamless travel between different transit systems,” said Barry Cole, director, Oakville Transit.

Currently PRESTO can be used for adult fares on all Oakville buses, at the Oakville GO Station and on Burlington Transit. TTC also has the following stations PRESTO ready: Union, Bloor/Young, St. George, St. Patrick, Queens Park, College and Dundas Street. Bronte GO Station will come on board May 17 and Clarkson GO Station on June 14. For a complete schedule of PRESTO participants, visit the PRESTO website. 

PRESTO will eliminate the need to line up to purchase and/or use tickets or passes from various transit agencies. Now you can purchase, load and register a card online 24/7 at the PRESTO website. Cards cost $6 and can also be purchased at Town Hall on Trafalgar Road, Oakville Transit office on Wyecroft Road, and at the Oakville GO Station.

Oakville Transit information, schedules and routes are available on the Oakville Transit website, from the transit office at 480 Wyecroft Road, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by calling 905-815-2020.

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For more information contact:

Barry Cole
Director, Oakville Transit
Town of Oakville
905-845- 6601 ext 3507
bcole@oakville.ca 

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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