GO Transit, TTC to launch fare integration pilot project
TORONTO – GO Transit and the Toronto Transit Commission want to make traveling between both public transportation systems easier by announcing a pilot project to integrate its fares.
Beginning Feb. 1, TTC Metropass holders will be able to buy a $60 sticker which allows riders to travel on the Lakeshore and Stouffville GO Train lines between Union, Exhibition and Danforth stations.
Officials say this will save commuters 10 to 15 minutes per trip during rush hour compared to taking the subway.
“Most people who take transit or use transit do not care about whether it’s TTC or GO Transit,” said TTC Chair Josh Colle during a press conference Friday at the GO Danforth Station.
“They want to get home, to school, to work more quickly. This gives people more options and improve transit for riders.”
Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, who was also present at the joint press conference along with Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig, said the pilot project will last one year.
“There’ll be a lot of information Metrolinx can take back and the analysis will help with the long-term planning,” said Del Duca.
McCuaig said the project is a first step to further integrate both transit systems, a prelude to Toronto Mayor John Tory’s Smarttrack plan.
“This project is more than about saving time. It’s about working together for providing best transit service,” said McCuaig. “To see what is our ability to attract people to go to certain parts of the system and the kinds of choices these riders are making.”