Good news for Oakville GO Train Commuters! The Ontario government has made a decision to subsidize the TTC fares for people taking the GO Train by half. This means GO Train riders will not have to pay the full fee to use the TTC before AND after taking the GO Train or the UP Express. It will cost only $1.50 instead of $3.
The fare discount only applies to those using the Presto Card.
The move by the Ontario government will cost around $18 million a year, but will save the average daily commuter around $720 per year.
The lack of co-fare pricing up until this point has been seen as a significant disincentive for more people taking public transit.
The change in pricing will come into effect to coincide with the extension of the TTC to Vaughn, which is expected on December 17th. The new TTC station in Vaughn will connect with existing GO service and more commuters are expected to take the TTC.
The Liberal government is aiming to reduce gridlock. The cheaper TTC fares for GO users may incentivize more people to take transit instead of drive.
GO Transit already has agreements with co-fare payment systems in municipal transit services in the 905 area. It is great to see the TTC is following suit.
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