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Ontario Is Cutting Some Costs Of Taking Transit & Here's What That Means For You

"New fare discounts will keep more money in the pockets of families and young people."

People wait to board a GO train at Toronto's Union Station.

People wait to board a GO train at Toronto's Union Station.

Associate Editor

Ontario is making many changes happen for drivers this year. Two highways will have their tolls removed, Ontario licence plate stickers are gone forever and COVID-19 restrictions are finally becoming a thing of the past. Now, the Ontario government is trying to introduce new ways to make the life of a commuter more affordable.

On Tuesday, Ontario's Ministry of Transportation announced in a press release that they're making transit across the Greater Golden Horseshoe "more convenient and affordable."

The press release states that starting March 14, Ontario will get rid of most double fares between GO Transit and connecting local transit systems. This means that commuters won't have to pay two fares when their trip includes both local transit and GO Transit — they'll only have to pay the GO fare.

This applies to Durham Region Transit, Milton Transit, Grand River Transit, Guelph Transit, Oakville Transit, MiWay, Brampton Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, Burlington Transit, Bradford West Gwillimbury Transit, York Region Transit and Barrie Transit.

Additionally, as of the same date, Ontario is increasing PRESTO discounts for youth and post-secondary students to 40% off the regular fare.

The discount applies to those using GO Transit or the UP Express.

"As we cut costs for drivers, including by eliminating licence sticker renewal fees and removing tolls on Highways 412 and 418, we're also slashing fares to keep more money in the pockets of families and young people when they need it most and making it easier to get from point A to B," said Stan Cho, the associate minister of transportation.

"With students learning in-person, our government is making transit more affordable and accessible for them," said Minister of Education Stephen Lecce.

"These fare discounts will save working families money, along with expanded access to free tutoring programs to help students get back on track," he added.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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