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Ontario Expands PRESTO Credit Payment to More Local Transit Agencies, Including Burlington Transit


*Please see below a news release issued by the Province of Ontario.

January 23, 2023
Ministry of Transportation

RICHMOND HILL – The Ontario government is making it easier to take transit in the 905 (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) by giving riders more ways to pay.

Starting January 23, riders on Durham Region Transit, York Regional Transit, Burlington Transit and Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) can tap credit cards to pay fares on a PRESTO device, including credit cards on a smartphone or a smartwatch.

“This latest milestone in the continuous advancement of the PRESTO system will provide users greater ease and convenience when travelling for work, school, leisure, and more. The expansion of credit card payment on PRESTO devices in Durham Region, York Region, Burlington, and Hamilton is just another way our government is simplifying the transit experience for Ontarians.” — Stan Cho, Associate Minister of Transportation

The expansion of credit payment on PRESTO devices began in 2021 on the Union Pearson (UP) Express. In 2022, the option was extended to the entire GO Transit network and the Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville transit systems. As of January 11, 2023, there has been 518,475 boardings using credit cards on these transit systems.

“We are thrilled to see transit riders using new PRESTO payment options like contactless credit, making their transit experience even easier, more flexible and convenient. Every day, more riders are tapping their credit cards on agencies where this is already available, and we are excited to be expanding this functionality to Durham, York, Burlington and Hamilton.” — Barclay Hancock, Chief Payments Officer, Metrolinx

The province is also working to expand the credit card payment system to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and to introduce debit tapping payment capability to all transit agencies in the GTHA.

Quick Facts:

  • Only adult standard fares are available to be paid with a credit card tap.
  • PRESTO credit payment is fully operational on Brampton Transit, Burlington Transit, Durham Region Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, MiWay (Mississauga), Oakville Transit, York Region Transit, GO Transit, and the Union Pearson (UP) Express.
  • PRESTO has approximately 4.4 million active customers.

“Thank you to the Ministry of Transportation and Metrolinx for their partnership in expanding credit card payment on PRESTO devices for Durham Region Transit riders. This convenient payment option simplifies the boarding process, making public transit more accessible for residents and visitors travelling across Durham Region and beyond.” — John Henry, Durham Regional Chair & Chief Executive Officer

“As more people are choosing to use transit to travel to their destination, we continue to strive to make transit more convenient and accessible. We welcome new and updated technologies that add convenience and payment options for travellers on York Region Transit.” — Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chair & CEO

“Transit users have been asking for simple ways to pay the fare and this delivers by allowing people to use a credit card. Providing more payment options supports both existing and potential new transit riders, including those who are first-time transit users who may not carry cash. This includes tourists and passengers who want the added convenience of alternative payment methods. By removing one more barrier to ridership, we help increase the number of passengers using our transit system.” — Marianne Meed Ward, Burlington Mayor

“Adding the credit card tap option to Burlington Transit fares means fewer barriers to getting on the bus, especially for new users, leading to more transit use, less emissions and a greener city. Exactly what we need.” — Rory Nisan, Burlington Councillor & Deputy Mayor for the Environment

“Expanded payment options offer our transit customers greater choice and make it easier to travel seamlessly within our community and between different transit services, which will further grow ridership. Whether it is a tourist exploring Hamilton for the first time or a resident needing to connect to the region, there has never been a more convenient time to take transit.” — Andrea Horwath, Hamilton Mayor

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