Presto! New card unveiled
Provincial transportation minister Kathleen Wynne poses near the new Presto smart card machines with Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehmann looking on. The minister was at the Barrie South GO train station announcing the convenience card that allows commuters to load a dollar amount on the card and 'tap on' when boarding a train on the Metrolinx system. The fare is automatically deducted from the card, eliminating the need for tickets, exact change of transfer to get on a bus or GO Train. The system will soon be implemented on all GO vehicles including buses and subways.J.T. MCVEIGH/QMI AGENCY/BARRIE EXAMINER
(STAFF) -- Think reloadable Tim Hortons card for commuters.
The new Presto card for GO train users was unveiled Wednesday morning at the south-Barrie station.
Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman were on hand for the announcement.
The card allows commuters to travel between multiple transit systems. Users can load it up with a dollar amount and 'tap on' when boarding a bus or train.
GO Transit says the card can be used with other transit providers as well, including the TTC. However, negotiations with Barrie Transit are ongoing.
"This is great news for the people of Barrie. Presto will help better connect us with other communities in the GTA and make commuting easier and more efficient," said Lehman in a release.
The card can benefit more than 650 commuters who use the station daily.