Ontario Launching Debit Payment on PRESTO Devices
Province making it easier and more convenient to take transit
BRAMPTON – The Ontario government is making it easier to take transit by giving riders more ways to pay. Beginning today, riders on GO Transit, UP Express, Brampton Transit, Burlington Transit, Durham Region Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, MiWay in Mississauga, Oakville Transit and York Region Transit can pay fares by tapping a debit card on a PRESTO device, including debit cards on a smartphone or smartwatch.
“This latest milestone for the PRESTO system gives transit riders yet another convenient payment option when travelling for work, school, leisure, and more,” said Stan Cho, Associate Minister of Transportation. “The launch of debit card payment on PRESTO devices is just one more way our government is making the transit experience easier for Ontarians.”
Riders can also use debit payment on paratransit services in Burlington, Durham Region, Hamilton, York Region, Oakville, and Ottawa. The new debit payment option comes as PRESTO reports a million card taps on its devices since the launch of credit card payment in August 2022.
“With millions of active users across the GTHA, the launch of debit payment on PRESTO devices is another way our government is making transit more convenient and accessible for Ontarians,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “By increasing transit payment options, we are giving more people more options to access public transit in ways that work for them.”
The Ontario government is also working with the Toronto Transit Commission to introduce both credit and debit payment options for Toronto transit riders this summer.
- Riders should check the price and fare structure before they tap, as it may differ by individual transit agency and a discount may apply when using a PRESTO card.
- PRESTO debit and credit payment are now fully operational on GO Transit, UP Express, Brampton Transit, Burlington Transit, Durham Region Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, MiWay in Mississauga, Oakville Transit, York Region Transit and paratransit services in Burlington, Durham Region, Hamilton, York Region, Oakville, and Ottawa.
- PRESTO has approximately 4.7 million active customers.