Presto services expand to Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore

OC Transpo riders will soon be able to purchase and top up Presto cards at an expanded list of 66 locations across Ottawa.

OC Transpo riders will soon have more options to buy, top up their fare cards

You could soon see fewer of these green Presto cards, as new cards to be sold at Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore locations will be black.

OC Transpo riders will soon be able to purchase and top up Presto cards at an expanded list of 66 locations across Ottawa.

At a Barrhaven Shoppers Drug Mart Monday morning, Mayor Jim Watson and Coun. Stephen Blais, chair of the city's transit commission, joined representatives from Shoppers Drug Mart and Presto announced the rollout.

In addition to Shoppers Drug Mart locations, some Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstores across the city will soon offer Presto services.

Watson said the move will save transit users time by offering them a convenient way to manage their Presto cards while running errands.

Shoppers Drug Mart will have the most locations offering Presto services at 51, while 12 Loblaws and three Superstore locations will offer them.

According to a news release, the service will be phased in gradually, arriving at all of the locations by the end of May.

In a tweet, Blais said users will be able to purchase monthly passes, load money and apply discounts, and check their balances in-store.

Currently, Presto users have access to those services at ticket machines along the O-Train Trillium Line, and at OC Transpo service centres or online.

Cards sold in the three chains will have a new black design, but would function the same way as the green cards.