PRESTO transit comes to Barrie

Barrie and area commuters using the GO Train and other transit systems now have access to a pass that should allow the trip to and from to move a little more smoothly.
The PRESTO card has come to Barrie. In an announcement at the Barrie South GO Transit Station this morning, transportation minister Kathleen Wynne joined Mayor Jeff Lehman in unveiling the card’s arrival to Barrie.
The pass will be of benefit to the more than 650 passengers who ride the rails south daily, if they so choose. The card allows passengers to travel between multiple transit systems, without having to pay separately. Users load the card up with a dollar value, and simply ‘tap on’ when boarding a bus, subway or a train. The fare is deducted from the amount available on the card, which can be reloaded when required.
GO Train service was brought back to Barrie in 2007, and usage has grown steadily. There are three trains in the morning, and three returning in the late afternoon, early evening.
More than 23,000 commuters use the PRESTO card, and ‘taps’ are approaching the two million mark. The card will be available for use at all GO stations by the spring.

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