Dealing with a Fine

New Fine system comes into effect on October 10 for GO riders travelling without paid fare

Metrolinx is introducing a new system adding middle ground between warnings and large fines.

The new graduated fine structure was approved by the Metrolinx Board of Directors at the September 8 meeting.

Therefore, as of October 10:

  • First time offenders will be issued a $35 fine, reduced from $100 to add a middle ground between warnings and large fines
  • Second offences, the fine will be $50
  • Third offences, a $100 fine will be issued
  • Passengers with four or more offences would be automatically served a Provincial Offence Notice, with a set fine of $200. 

This new system to manage fare-related offences will ensure a more fair and consistent approach for passengers found travelling without a ticket, while respecting paying customers, who are the vast majority of riders.

Important Information Regarding Compliance Services

In-person services at the Compliance Services Office are by appointment only. Please use our online services available if you received a Notice of Violation or a Parking Infraction Notice. To schedule an in-person appointment, please contact our Office by e-mail at or by phone at (416) 202-4000.

If you’ve received communication from a collection agency or credit bureau regarding an outstanding debt to Metrolinx, please contact our external Collection Agency, ARO at 1-866-667-3307.

If you have requested a Review of your Notice of Violation or Parking Infraction Notice, your ticket will be placed on hold until a Review has been completed. Please be sure you check your email (including your junk/spam folder) regularly. You may also request a Review by clicking here for Notices of Violation or here for a Parking Infraction.

Proof of Payment and Fare Inspections

GO Transit uses an honour-based proof of fare payment system. Before you go up to the train platform at Union Station, or board a GO train or bus, you must buy a ticket or tap your PRESTO/Credit card (including those credit cards on your phone or watch) and verify a fare deduction (green checkmark). Revenue Protection Officers and Customer Protection Officers regularly conduct fare inspections on the GO system.

Our goal is to protect and retain fare revenue while promoting compliance with the proof of fare payment system. Anyone who is unable to provide a valid ticket may be issued a fine.

Did You Get a Fine?

Did you get a Notice of Violation? Here’s what you need to know.

Did you get a Parking Infraction Notice? Here’s what you need to know.

If you were issued a Provincial Offence Notice or Summons, see the reverse side of that Notice or summons for your options.