Presto smartcards to be released next month and tested by Transpo riders in Ottawa

OC Transpo riders will put Presto to the test next month.

Transpo GM John Manconi announced the distribution of up to 10,000 free cards from Jan. 18 to Feb. 1, calling it a “significant milestone in the introduction of Presto to our customers,” in a memo to council on Christmas Eve.

The smartcards will be available at Transpo’s sales and information centres at the Rideau Centre, St. Laurent, Lincoln Fields, and Place d’Orléans.

In addition, they can be obtained through the Presto website, call centre and through limited Transitway distribution and community outreach.

The July 1 rollout of the payment system was held up by technical problems.

The results will be presented to council in April.

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