Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Saturday, April 20, 2019 07:43 AM EDT
Last Updated on Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:57 AM EDT
Shortest distance GO Transit travel will be up to 40 percent cheaper as of today, but riders who travel farther will have to shell out a little more.
The amendments, which were approved by the board of GO Transit on April 10, will bring the cost of any trip from 10 miles or less to $ 3.70 when paid for using a Presto card or $ 4.40 if contrary.
This means, for example, that passengers traveling from the Exposition Station or Bloor Station to Union Station will save $ 1.01 per trip, while passengers traveling from Danforth Station to Union Station will save $ 1.32 per trip. trip.
At the same time, journeys of more than 10 kilometers will result in an overall tariff increase of around 4%. As an example, the Presto fare from Union Station to Barrie South GO Station will increase 42 cents to $ 12.82 per ride.
GO Transit said the increase in fares on longer journeys is needed to "offset inflationary cost pressures" and help pay for the 359 train journeys per week that have been added to the system since the last rate hike in 2017.
The reduction of tariffs for shorter journeys is expected to be a neutral revenue proposal due to an expected increase in the number of trips. Metrolinx says it expects two million more trips to its network "as more people choose GO Transit for short-haul travel within their communities."
Discounted fares are seen as a key component of Mayor John Tory's SmartTrack plan, which will add six stations to existing Toronto-based GO Transit lines. They fall short of what was promised by the previous Liberal government, however.
Last April, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that her government would reduce GO Transit fares to $ 3 for all travel within Toronto.
In this scenario, residents could have traveled between more than a dozen GO stations for the same cost as a TTC fare. The tariff cuts that are coming into effect today will reduce the cost of travel between Union Station and five GO stations in Toronto, including Exhibition, Bloor, Mimico, Danforth and Scarborough.
Here is a list of some of the rate changes:
Exhibition from GO Station to Union Station will range from $ 4.71 to $ 3.70
Bloor GO Station for Union Station will range from $ 4.71 to $ 3.70
The Danforth GO Station for Union Station will go from $ 5.02 to $ 3.70
Mimico GO Station for Union Station runs from $ 4.98 to $ 3.70
Scarborough GO Station for Union Station will range from $ 5.65 to $ 3.70