It looks like commuters are going to be paying more for transit yet again this year. It has been announced that the Ford government will be cutting funding for transfers between GO Transit and the TTC, meaning commuters will have to pay an extra $1.50 between trips. The GO Transit TTC discount will be null as of March 31, 2020. 

The program, which was called the Discounted Double Fare, was part of a three-year agreement between Metrolinx and the TTC.

It was funded by the provincial government, but is expiring in March and will not be renewed, according to a tweet from Metrolinx. 

$18.4 million was annually reserved for the Discounted Double Fare, and commuters with PRESTO cards were able to hop between the TTC and GO without paying the full two fares. 

According to Metrolinx, the budget is regularly exceeded by millions of dollars, which is the reason that the contract will not be renewed. 

In 2019-2020, it was estimated the budget was exceeded by over $6.7 million, according to the Metrolinx statement

Moving forward, commuters will be forced to pay the extra $1.50 if switching between the two methods of transportation on their commutes. 

However, the transit company also stated that they will be working towards different alternatives for their commuters that will help them transfer through different models of transportation easily. 

 

Yet, Metrolinx has not yet confirmed what these changes would include. 

This news comes after the TTC already hiked fares last year by 10 extra cents. 

A TTC board member made headlines in December when he admitted that he did not know how much commuters were paying for a one-way fare. 

However, despite some of these price increases, Metrolinx has made efforts to make travel more affordable with their Sunday Funday promotion, where commuters can get a $10 ride pass for that day.  

They have also been working towards expanding their service GO transit service to make it more accessible to commuters. 

"Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation will continue to work collaboratively with all of its municipal partners, towards more accessible and affordable transit across the region," Anne Marie Aikins said in the statement. 

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