Durham Region Transit offering free PRESTO cards

Posted on Tuesday June 23, 2020

WHITBY, ON – To help transition customers to contactless fare payment in advance of the July 2 resumption of fare collection, Durham Region Transit (DRT) will be offering free PRESTO cards for a limited time.  

Starting tomorrow, DRT is distributing 2,500 PRESTO cards at no cost through the following point of sale locations:

  • DRT’s Customer Service Centre at 110 Westney Rd. S. Ajax
  • Pickering Town Centre Guest Services at 1355 Kingston Rd. Pickering
  • Oshawa Centre Guest Services at 419 King St. W. Oshawa

The free PRESTO cards will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last, with a limit of one card per individual or two cards per family. Additional cards can be purchased at the regular rate of $6 each. Children ages 12 and under can continue to ride DRT for free and do not need a PRESTO card.

DRT, with the support of PRESTO, is also working with Durham Social Services to make an additional 1,600 cards pre-loaded with $14.00 available through various non-profit community agencies, such as Feed the Need and its network of 62 organizations across Durham Region, to ensure those who rely on transit will be able to save money by using a PRESTO card when fare collection recommences.

Visit the Durham Region Transit website, durhamregiontransit.com, to learn more about fare collection resumption, 2020 fare rates, top-up and ticket exchange information, as well as a number of fare incentives that will be returning, effective July 2. 

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Shelley Pollock - Marketing and Communications

905-668-7711 ext. 3701 or shelley.pollock@durham.ca

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