May 31, 2012

Do you use the Bus?

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Do you use the bus? OC Transpo is making changes this summer that will likely affect you.  In July, they are introducing the new Presto Card for transit users.  This re-loadable plastic card will replace monthly bus passes.  At Family Services Ottawa, we are concerned that the change may have a significant impact on low income and disabled customers. 

  • The Presto pass is re-loadable with a debit or credit card, online or over the phone. 
  • There will be 7 locations across the city where riders can re-load the card without debit or credit cards, or computer access
  • Presto Cards must be loaded with a $10.00 minimum amount each time
  • The cost of bus tickets is going up 15% on July 1
  • On July 1, a Presto bus fare will be $2.65, a cash fare will be $3.30 and a bus ticket fare will be $3.00 ($4.50 for express)
  • The future of bus tickets and cash fares is uncertain
  • Presto cards cannot be used on Para-Transpo

 Please join us for a free meeting with Sharon Thompson, from OC Transpo on Thursday May 31 from 10 – 11:30 at 312 Parkdale Avenue.  Sharon will answer questions following her presentation about the Presto Card.

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