Ontario eliminating double fares for some GO Transit commuters

The province is also increasing discounts for young people and students

A GO Transit double fare discount was announced by the Ford government on Tuesday.

As well, the province is increasing discounts for young people and students.

Beginning March 14, local transit fares will be free for riders who use Barrie Transit and other transit systems in the Greater Toronto Area to connect to Go Transit. TTC riders will continue to pay the double fare.

Barrie Transit – Barrie 360

“Affordability and cost of living concerns are very much on the minds of families throughout Ontario, and that is why our government is taking action to make riding transit cheaper,” said Stan Cho, Associate Minister of Transportation.

The province will also increase PRESTO discounts on GO Transit and UP Express for youth aged 13 to 19 and post-secondary students. The discount is being expanded to 40 per cent of a regular adult fare, up from 22 per cent. GO Transit will continue to be free for riders under 12.

As well, the government is going to phase-in a pilot project for low-income riders where 50 per cent of the PRESTO fare will be reimbursed to eligible riders. The Affordable Transit Program will begin March 14 in Peel Region and be rolled out to other transit systems over time.

Transit systems where the double fare is being eliminated:

  • Barrie Transit
  • Bradford West Gwillimbury Transit
  • Brampton Transit
  • Burlington Transit
  • Durham Region Transit
  • Grand River Transit
  • Guelph Transit
  • Hamilton Street Railway
  • Milton Transit
  • MiWay
  • Oakville Transit
  • York Region Transit