Ontario Cuts TTC Fare for People Connecting to or from GO Transit
Ontario has cut the cost of commuting by up to $1.50 for people who use their PRESTO card to transfer between the TTC and GO Transit or the UP Express, and has officially opened its 66th GO Transit station at Downsview Park, which provides a direct connection to the new TTC Line 1 subway extension to York Region.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, visited Downsview Park Station today to announce that the new discounted TTC fare is now in effect, and to officially open the GO Transit platforms.
People who use their PRESTO card to transfer between the TTC and GO Transit or the UP Express will now save up to $1.50 on the cost of their fare. Regular commuters who use PRESTO to transfer between GO Transit and the TTC will save about $720 per year.
The new Downsview Park station provides commuters with a direct transfer between all-day train service on the Barrie GO line and the new TTC Line 1 subway extension, and is the first station to provide both GO and TTC service in the same facility. Last month, Ontario celebrated the largest expansion of Toronto’s subway system in nearly 40 years, with the opening of the new TTC Line 1 extension into York region.
Making public transit more affordable is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“For commuters to choose public transit, we know it needs to be the fast, easy, affordable option no matter where you’re going. We’ve made fares more affordable for commuters who use PRESTO to transfer between the TTC and GO Transit or the UP Express. The new GO station at Downsview Park makes it easier and more convenient for riders to transfer seamlessly between GO and the TTC.”