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Ontario Making GO Transit and UP Express Free on New Year's Eve

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Ontario Making GO Transit and UP Express Free on New Year's Eve

Province Helping People Celebrate the New Year Safely

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is helping people ring in the New Year safely by providing free service on GO Transit and the UP Express.

The province will add extra late-night service on Dec. 31, and free rides across the entire network after 7 p.m. This year, for the first time ever, the free service is expanding to the UP Express.

Many other transit agencies across the region will also be free on New Year's Eve -- check your local transit service for holiday schedules and free rides.

Free public transit will give people more options for a safe ride to their destination and home again. Planning ahead, taking public transit, calling a cab, riding with a designated driver or staying overnight will make sure this year's celebrations are ones to remember. Even small amounts of alcohol or drugs can impair a driver's ability, putting themselves and others at risk.

Quick Facts

  • According to the 2014 Ontario Road Safety Annual Report, 29 per cent of all road fatalities that year involved a driver impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.
  • To help keep roads safe for everyone, the province recently passed legislation to make impaired driving laws and penalties even tougher.
  • Ontario celebrated the largest expansion of Toronto's subway system in nearly 40 years by making the TTC free on December 17, the first day of service for the new Line 1 extension into York Region. The TTC will be free on New Year’s Eve for the fifth year in a row.
  • The province is investing $21.3 billion to transform the GO network from a commuter transit system to a regional rapid transit system.
  • Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

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Steven Del Duca

“I encourage everyone to have a safe and memorable New Year’s Eve. We are proud to offer this expanded free transit service along with our partner, Metrolinx. Choose transit, don’t drive while impaired.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

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