TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2010 - At its February 19 meeting, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved a fare increase and a more equal discount structure that will enable GO Transit to continue offering the best possible service and to meet the needs of its growing ridership.
The changes that will take effect on March 20 include two primary components:
a flat-rate increase of $0.25 that will apply to every adult single-ride ticket, regardless of trip origin and destination, and
a change to the discount structure for multiple ride tickets and passes so that these discounts will be equal across GO Transit fare zones. All 10-ride tickets offer a 7.5% discount over 10 single-ride tickets and monthly passes offer a 17.5% discount over 40 single-ride tickets.
"A fare increase this year will help to ensure that GO Transit can continue to offer high quality services to its riders in a fiscally responsible fashion," said Metrolinx Chairman Rob MacIsaac.
More information about current and new fares for specific trips and ticket types is available at gotransit.com.
This fare increase is in line with GO Transit fare increases from previous years, and with increases implemented by other transit systems.
On Sunday, November 15, GO Transit will run additional Lakeshore train service for the 105th Annual Santa Claus Parade. The official Santa Claus parade begins at 12:30 p.m., but early revellers can start their day off at the Parade Breakfast at Yonge Dundas Square from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will also be open on Sunday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The additional Lakeshore trains, as well as many regularly scheduled trips will make stops at Exhibition station, where passengers can easily walk over to the Fair.
To make your outings easier, GO also offers Group Passes for up to five people to ride for the cost of two adults. The Group Pass accommodates a maximum of two adults and a minimum of one.
Lakeshore West Passengers: Effective November 2, we have made minor adjustments to your eastbound off peak train schedule between Aldershot and Long Branch GO Stations.
Westbound off peak train times have also been adjusted between Mimico and Aldershot GO Stations. These adjustments are necessary to reflect the typical travel times for your trains. Some bus trips have also been adjusted to allow for a better connection with these trains.
TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2009 - Visitors to Niagara Falls will be able to take in the changing fall colours by GO Train for one last weekend as GO Transit wraps up its seasonal weekend and holiday service to the Niagara Region on Thanksgiving weekend.
So far, more than 40,000 travelers have taken the GO Train from Toronto to Niagara Falls or from the Niagara Region to Toronto since the seasonal excursion service launched on June 27. "Weekend GO rail service is a great boost for Niagara region's travel and hospitality industry. It brings more tourist dollars to the area and increases employment. Building better public transit benefits our economy, our communities and our environment," said Minister of Transportation
GO Trains will operate in both directions four times daily in each direction Saturday, October 10 to Monday October 12.
"GO Transit was pleasantly surprised with the large number of customers who chose to use the GO Train this summer when travelling between Toronto and Niagara," said Gary McNeil, Managing Director of GO Transit and Executive Vice President of Metrolinx. "We look forward to continuing service for the Niagara Region with our daily bus service."
The two-hour trip runs between Union Station in downtown Toronto, Port Credit GO Station, Oakville GO Station, Burlington GO Station, St. Catharines VIA Rail station, and Niagara Falls VIA Rail station. An adult single ride fare from Union Station to Niagara Falls costs $15.90.
Starting September 28th, the west end of the platform servicing tracks 1 & 2 will be sectioned off for construction. Passengers boarding or exiting the train will have access to the 5 cars from the east end of the train to the accessible car only.
20 parking spaces in the south lot will also be unavailable during this time.
This project is part of the ongoing Rail Improvement Program to increase service on your line. This phase of the project is expected to be completed December 2009.
We appreciate your patience as we continue to work towards improving your service.