Tran­sit cus­tomers can soon load Presto cards at Shop­pers Drug Marts, Loblaws

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - JON WILL­ING jwill­ing@post­ Twit­

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.


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