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What you need to know about PRESTO before jumping on transit again

Whether it’s heading to school or the office, customers returning to transit this fall can take advantage of enhancements PRESTO has made over the last few months to make their transit experience easier.  With app enhancements, PRESTO customers will be able to load funds and passes instantly, check their balances in real-time, and more. Here’s a handy rundown of some changes and helpful reminders. For … Continue reading What you need to know about PRESTO before jumping on transit again

New Metrolinx quiz tests your knowledge on the many changes that have taken place during pandemic

Society may have slowed down dramatically as Ontario, Canada and the world fought COVID-19 – a battle that continues – but GO, PRESTO, and UP Express have kept on advancing and changing. As many customers start to use trains and buses regularly again, here’s a short quiz to see if you can spot the many differences. It may have been a while since you spent … Continue reading New Metrolinx quiz tests your knowledge on the many changes that have taken place during pandemic

From branded face coverings to Mini GO Bear plush toys Metrolinx opens new online shop for transit fans and customers

The transit agency has created a virtual store offering merchandise and apparel showcasing the brands of Metrolinx, GO Transit, UP Express, and PRESTO. Here’s what you need to know to grab a virtual basket at The Metrolinx Shop. Metrolinx is launching a new online shop today (July 19). Branded merchandise is more popular than ever thanks to an increase in online shopping during the pandemic. … Continue reading From branded face coverings to Mini GO Bear plush toys Metrolinx opens new online shop for transit fans and customers

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While COVID kept most transit riders at home much changed on GO Transit

As the pandemic restrictions slowly and cautiously get lifted and new routines created, transit riders are gradually – sometimes timidly – returning to GO Transit and UP Express. Even long-time customers are discovering they might need a refresher as much changed in so many ways while they were away. Here, Anne Marie Aikins, head of Metrolinx media and public relations, looks at what is the … Continue reading While COVID kept most transit riders at home much changed on GO Transit

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The Toronto artist behind a unique PRESTO card

PRESTO partnered with Aecon to help provide better access to transit for Indigenous Peoples with a unique PRESTO card design. The specially designed card is very interesting, and so is the local Indigenous artist who created the look. PRESTO cards are fairly iconic. You can quickly spot the design as someone flashes the iconic card out of their wallet or purse. Then there’s the version … Continue reading The Toronto artist behind a unique PRESTO card

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PRESTO partners with Aecon to help provide access to transit for Urban Indigenous Peoples

Usually when we write about PRESTO, it’s about using the system to take customers further. But this story is about a unique collaboration that’s helping reduce barriers to access to transit. Metrolinx has partnered with well-known Canadian construction company, Aecon Group Inc., to provide PRESTO cards to two Toronto Urban Indigenous organizations. As an organization that operates on the traditional and treaty territory of many … Continue reading PRESTO partners with Aecon to help provide access to transit for Urban Indigenous Peoples

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UP Express adjusts schedule of weekday train service – More than just PRESTO changes on line

Improvements at Weston Station will have an impact on when UP trains will leave Toronto’s Union Station as well as Pearson International Airport during weekday hours. Get up to speed on how the important route to downtown Toronto is adjusting their timetable – as well as some platform shifts – as well as when the changes will take place. Times are changing – for UP … Continue reading UP Express adjusts schedule of weekday train service – More than just PRESTO changes on line

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PRESTO’s new fare payment solution for specialized transit and on-demand microtransit – Hamilton Street Railway adopts system

A new fare payment improvement will be rolling out on several transit agencies in the 905-area, giving many customers the option to pay for these services with their PRESTO card. PRESTO is rolling out a new fare payment solution at several 905 transit agencies designed for their local specialized transit and other on-demand microtransit services. The payment option successfully launched in Hamilton on March 15 … Continue reading PRESTO’s new fare payment solution for specialized transit and on-demand microtransit – Hamilton Street Railway adopts system

New PRESTO devices are now available across GO Transit, UP Express and transit agencies in the 905 region

New PRESTO payment devices make card load times eight times faster and set the stage for more payment options to come You know that old saying, “change is good”. Well, it’s true… at least for PRESTO customers. Over the course of the last year, Metrolinx embarked on an effort to replace the existing PRESTO payment devices on GO Transit, UP Express and the 905 agencies. … Continue reading New PRESTO devices are now available across GO Transit, UP Express and transit agencies in the 905 region

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Help for transit riders on the move – PRESTO releases two new app enhancements today

Two new features to the PRESTO App – setting a GO Train default trip and checking your transfer window – are now available. Here are the details. Your phone may have gotten a bit smarter today. PRESTO keeps innovating their app. First came instant loads – a way for customers to load funds with their phones. Now, two new features that will make transit journeys … Continue reading Help for transit riders on the move – PRESTO releases two new app enhancements today