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Preparing to use PRESTO, GO Transit and UP Express again? Here are ways to save

As Ontario opens up, here’s a reminder of how your PRESTO card, as well as other programs, can provide savings.

Even seasoned GO Transit, UP Express and PRESTO users may have fallen out of habit or forgotten about the ways to save money on their journeys

As Ontario begins to open up from the pandemic, and more customers get back to using transit, it may be time for a bit of a refresher on PRESTO Perks, as well as other discounts available to them.

Customers can see savings in many ways. For families,  kids who are 12-years-old and under continue to ride free on GO Transit and UP Express.

So, for those getting back in the groove of normal travelling, here’s that quick primer on places to look out for PRESTO perks, as well as other tips to save on the GO and UP Express.

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PRESTO Perks, as well as other discount programs, offers a range of discounts for returning transit travellers and their families.

PRESTO Perks

Your PRESTO card can help you access discounts to attractions in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The PRESTO Perks program includes the Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre, The Royal Ontario Museum, Hockey Hall of Fame, Aga Khan Museum, Royal Botanical Garden and more.

New Fare Discounts

Starting Mar. 14, customers can take advantage of free local transit fares when connecting to and from GO Transit and most local transit agencies with a PRESTO card. New lower youth and post-secondary student fares will also be introduced, increasing the PRESTO discount to 40 per cent off the full adult fare for all riders aged 13-19. Learn more about the new fare discounts launching.

Weekend Passes

For those travelling as a family on a weekend, GO Transit has a $10 One-Day Saturday or Sunday Pass or a $15 Weekend Pass. Both passes allow for unlimited GO travel for the entire day or weekend.Both passes allow for unlimited GO travel for the entire day or weekend.

Before you ride

Make sure your PRESTO card is ready for your next journey with the new enhanced PRESTO app. You can instantly load your funds, check your balance, set up Autoload – all on your phone.

If it’s been a while since you’ve traveled on GO or UP, check your schedule before you head out the door. You can find GO schedules here. Schedules for UP Express trains, which run every 30 minutes, can be found at UPExpress.com.

And remember that face coverings continue to be mandatory for both staff and customers, even for those fully vaccinated. As many in the province get ready to ride again, Metrolinx News will be publishing articles to help riders settle back in their transit seats again.

Story by Heather Glicksman, Metrolinx senior advisor for Communications Planning