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Ontario Cuts TTC Fare for People Connecting to or from GO Transit

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Ontario Cuts TTC Fare for People Connecting to or from GO Transit

Province Also Opens New Downsview Park GO Station, With Seamless Connection Between GO and TTC

Ministry of Transportation

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.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $21.3 billion to transform GO Transit from a commuter transit service to a regional rapid transit system.
  • A total of 230 weekly GO train trips serve the new Downsview Park GO Station on the Barrie GO line, including hourly weekend service and two-way, all-day, weekday service between Union Station and Aurora GO Station.
  • Since 2013, Ontario has built four new GO stations, renovated 10 existing GO stations, and added approximately 7,000 new GO station parking spots. The province has also purchased 264 new GO buses, 150 new GO train coaches, and 10 new GO train locomotives.
  • PRESTO adult, senior, and student riders will pay $1.50 for the TTC portion of their combined TTC and GO Transit or UP Express journey.
  • More than 50,000 daily trips include transfers between the TTC and GO Transit or UP Express.
  • Ontario provides transit fare discounts for commuters who transfer between GO Transit and 12 other municipal transit systems across the region.

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“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.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“Downsview Park Station is a huge step forward for our customers, with both GO train and TTC subway services connecting in the same location. With all-day GO train service, seven days a week, riders can easily hop between the GO train and the subway without having to go all the way to Union Station. With the new PRESTO fare discount now in effect for customers who transfer between GO Transit and the TTC, this station is concrete proof of how we’re making it easier for customers to choose transit first.”

Phil Verster

President and CEO of Metrolinx

“For the first time, people travelling to and from York-Centre can transfer seamlessly between GO rail and TTC subway service at the new Downsview Park Station. Together with the new discounted fares for people who use PRESTO to travel between the TTC and GO Transit, Downsview Park Station makes it easier, more convenient and more affordable than ever before for people to choose York-Centre to live, work and play.”

Monte Kwinter

MPP for York-Centre

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