GO Transit: Rider’s to Face A 5% Increase in Fares in 2014

Update:

Fare Prices for a ride on a GO train/bus will increase by 5% in the new year. Metrolinx hopes to sync future increases with TTC fares.
Fare Prices for a ride on a GO train/bus will increase by 5% in the new year. On Thursday the Metrolinx board will also receive a report on fare integration with the TTC — finding ways to keep commuters who use both systems (for example, a streetcar and a GO train) from paying twice for their trip.

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GO Transit riders can expect to pay about 5 per cent more for their commute next year.

The regional agency Metrolinx is recommending an increase of between 35 cents and 55 cents a ride on an adult ticket, and a proportional increase on other fare categories.

The amount a rider pays will depend on the station and distance they travel so those who ride the farthest will see the biggest price jump. Fares of $6.15 or less would go up by 35 cents, fares of $7.80 or more would go up by 55 cents and those in between would rise by 45 cents, effective next Feb. 1.

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The fare increase is supposed to help pay for GO’s continued expansion to serve its growing ridership, according to a report before the board on Thursday.

While the cost of a ticket goes up, GO riders who use the Presto cards will get a bump in their loyalty discount. It will go up to 10 per cent for the first 35 rides in a month for an adult rider. That discount is currently 8.75 per cent.

The increase is expected to be approved by the Metrolinx board when it meets on Thursday.

Transit officials are pointing to recent expansion and improvements such as this year’s all-day, 30-minute train service on the Lakeshore line, more seats on busy trains and more trips on the Stouffville and Richmond Hill lines.

GO increased fares 5 per cent last February, and for the first time linked the amount of the fare hike to distance.

On Thursday the board will also receive a report on fare integration with the TTC — finding ways to keep commuters who use both systems (for example, a streetcar and a GO train) from paying twice for their trip.

That report identifies its goal as being “to enable seamless regional travel across boundaries and between transit systems” and lays out a two-year timetable for further integration, starting in part with identifying “quick wins” at points where travellers’ hassles could easily be lessened. Specifically mentioned as one such potential opportunity is Exhibition station, but implementation of the integration plan, once the plan is done, is not expected until 2015.

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