GO TRANSIT FARE INCREASE

At its meeting on June 28, 2017, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved a fare increase effective September 2, 2017.

Fares for trips that cost more than $5.02 with PRESTO and $5.65 without PRESTO increased by approximately three per cent.

Other fare types also increased accordingly, including concession fares (senior and student fares), and package pricing (group fares and family fares).

We once again froze our lowest fares to ensure our short-distance trips are more comparable to local transit fares, ensuring greater consistency in fare prices across the region. Adult single fares for trips that cost $5.02 or less with PRESTO, or $5.65 or less with paper tickets did not increase.

Use the online fare calculator to see what your new GO fare is and to see what the applicable PRESTO discounts are.

We know our customers expect value for their money, and that’s why we use fare revenue to uphold high service standards that make their commutes with us as convenient, reliable, and comfortable as possible.

  • In 2016/2017, 95% of GO Trains ran within 5 minutes of their scheduled time.
  • In 2016/2017, 95% of GO Bus trips ran within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time.
  • In 2016/2017, 98% of UP Trains ran on time.

This fare increase will help us maintain and improve our service as we expand our transit network to serve more customers.

Our costs increase as we put more buses on the road and more trains on the tracks, and we also spend more on operating and maintenance costs for new infrastructure we build to support that extra service.

Costs have also increased to maintain our trains and buses, stations, as well as tracks and signals.

In addition to all the service improvements we have recently introduced, we will be adding even more services in 2018 to better serve customers who take our buses and trains.

Improvements in 2016/17:

The following service improvements were introduced in 2016-17 and resulted in additional operating costs:

GO Train service:

System-wide:

  • Five new peak trips, 19 new off-peak trips, and 14 extended trips (described below)
  • Rollout of 50+ new rail coaches

Barrie Corridor:

  • Three new northbound and three new southbound weekend trips between Allandale and Union
  • Thirteen new weekend midday trips between Aurora and Union

Kitchener Corridor:

  • Two morning and two afternoon weekday peak trips extended from Georgetown to Kitchener

Milton Corridor:

  • One new morning and one new afternoon weekday peak trip between Milton and Union

Richmond Hill Corridor:

  • One new afternoon weekday peak trip between Richmond Hill and Union
  • Five morning and five afternoon weekday peak trips extended from Richmond Hill to serve the new Gormley GO Station

Stouffville Corridor:

  • One new morning and one new afternoon weekday peak trip between Lincolnville and Union

GO Bus service:

  • New/expanded services to Brantford, Kitchener and Cambridge began in September 2016
  • New service to the Winston Churchill Transitway Station in Mississauga
  • New service to the Beamsville park-and-ride lot in the Town of Lincoln began in September 2016
  • Seasonal (summer) express GO bus service between Niagara Falls and Burlington GO station
  • New weekend services in our Mississauga to North York corridor began in April 2016
  • Extended Richmond Hill train-bus service to the new Gormley GO station began in December 2016
  • Extended and more frequent weekend GO bus service between Barrie and Aurora, and new weekend bus service to East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, King City, Maple and Rutherford GO stations to complement new weekend GO rail service on the Barrie Corridor started December 2016

New infrastructure:

New infrastructure that was introduced in 2016-17 resulted in additional maintenance costs.

This includes:

  • A new Gormley GO Station in Richmond Hill, including 850 parking spots, a kiss-and-ride, bus loop, two electric vehicle charging stations, heated customer shelters, and platform snowmelt systems
  • A new Winston Churchill bus station as part of the Mississauga Transitway project, including 300 parking spaces, heated shelters and bicycle lock up area
  • Numerous upgrades to Mount Pleasant GO Station in Brampton, including 223 new parking spaces, a new kiss-and-ride, bike shelter and heated customer shelter
  • 126 new parking spaces at the Weston GO/ UP Express station

2017/18 Improvements:

The following rail and bus service improvements were introduced or are planned to be introduced in 2017-18, and will result in additional operating costs:

  • New weekday, evening, and weekend train service to meet demand
  • Select peak and off-peak bus services to meet growing customer demand
  • Realignment of select bus services to take advantage of the opening of the new Highway 407 TTC subway station and the new East Mississauga Transitway and Renforth station

GO Train service:

  • New Stouffville weekday midday and evening train service starts June 26, 2017
  • New weekday, evening, and weekend train service to meet demand

GO Bus service:

  • More peak and off-peak bus services to meet growing customer demand
  • Increased service to Niagara: hourly weekend express summer service and weekday express service that runs every other hour starting June 24 through September 4.
  • Realignment of select bus services to take advantage of the opening of the new Highway 407 TTC subway station and the new East Mississauga Transitway and Renforth station
  • Route 12 all-stop buses now serve the new stop at Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, connecting people with Niagara-on-the-Lake Transit, Niagara Region Transit, St. Catharines Transit, and Welland Transit.

New infrastructure:

  • 134 parking spots added at Square One Bus Terminal

Planned infrastructure:

The following new infrastructure is planned to be introduced in 2017-18 and will result in additional maintenance costs:

  • New Downsview Park GO/TTC station by the end of 2017
  • New GO bus terminal at the Highway 407 TTC subway station by the end of 2017
  • Double tracking of the Barrie corridor between York University and Rutherford GO Stations
  • New bus maintenance and storage facility in Kitchener for improved service reliability
  • New East Mississauga Transitway and Renforth station
  • New rail maintenance facility in Whitby by end of 2017 for improved service reliability and to support service expansion.
  • New Bradford train layover facility for improved service reliability and to support service expansion
  • An expanded Lincolnville layover facility
  • A new Mimico train layover facility

Find out more about how we’re improving.