Transit customers can soon load Presto cards at Shoppers Drug Marts, Loblaws
Transit customers can buy Presto cards and load funds at dozens of Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore locations by the end of May, the City of Ottawa says.
Metrolinx, the provincial Crown agency that runs the Presto system, has reported success with expanding Presto services at Shoppers stores in Toronto.
Ottawa transit customers who prefer to load their Presto cards in person have had to go to OC Transpo or city client service centres. Soon they’ll be able to buy cards, load them and check the balances at 51 Shoppers locations, 12 Loblaws and three Superstores.
Presto services at the 66 stores are being phased in until the end of May. Presto balances will be available immediately when customers load funds, the city said Monday.
First-time community pass and EquiPass customers must have their discounts set at an OC Transpo customer service centre before using Presto services at the stores.
Presto is rolling out a new black design for cards sold at the stores.