Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Minister of Transportation, alongside GO and Metrolinx executives, provided an update on Presto cards in order to implement a more convenient system for Ontarians across the province.
The Ontario government has made recent announcements regarding public transportation, the Toronto Transit Commission and GO Transit.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced earlier this month that GO Transit riders will be refunded if their trains are delayed by at least 15 minutes. The Metrolinx office for the Eglinton LRT was opened earlier this summer.
On Wednesday, Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament and Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne provided updates on the province’s transportation infrastructure and the Presto cards that are available at 61 GO Transit stations, 400 GO Buses and on seven municipal transit systems.
A demonstration of PRESTO card being tapped on GO bus.
“There was a report in the news today about a Stats Canada survey that said commuters finding transit inconvenient,” said Wynne at Wednesday’s press conference. “What we have been talking about over the past four months, and what we’re talking about today, is making transit more convenient.”
Presto cards, explained Wynne, is part of that step towards convenience for transit commuters.
More than 60,000 transit commuters, in a system of more than 1.3 million riders, already use the Presto cards. By simply filling up these cards with money, tie riders “tap on” when boarding either a bus or a train across the transit system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
This new card will help eliminate the need for exact change, passes and transfers, which will make travel easier.
Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament and Minister of Transportation, Kathleen Wynne, getting on a GO bus.
“More people in Ontario want to use transit, they want to be on public transit in their own communities,” added Wynne. “I had many delegations of people from smaller communities saying to me, ‘We want GO in our community. We want more buses. We want trains. We want more support for local transit.’”
The Transportation Minister noted that the Ontario government has been helping to improve the transit systems in municipalities by putting the gas tax into transit and by spending $4.7 billion to expand GO.
“Our government has been about making transit more accessible for people in Ontario. We live in a province that historically has not had a focus on transit.”