March 9, 2016 7:10 am
Updated: March 9, 2016 7:11 am

Reduced Union Pearson Express fares come into effect

WATCH ABOVE: Prices to ride the Union-Pearson Express are being slashed from $27.50 to just $12 for a one-way trip from Union Station to Pearson Airport. Mark McAllister reports.

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Commuters and travellers using the Union Pearson Express between Union Station and Pearson International Airport can ride a little cheaper as reduced fares come into effect on Wednesday.

Prices for the entire UPX route are now $12 without a Presto card and from $9 with one. Boarding the train at either the Bloor or Weston stations will now be on par with GO fares.

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The one-way fare for families with children 19 years and younger is $25. Kids under the age of 12 continue to ride for free.

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The provincial agency had said the upscale ride to and from the airport was originally geared to attract more business clientele.

Transit users in the city have widely criticized the Metrolinx service for not making the prices more accessible to those regularly paying to ride the TTC.

Original projections and goals were to reach 7,000 daily passengers within three years but the last few months of 2015 only saw about 2,200 people using the train every day.

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The entire UPX project cost the province $456 million to build and lower fares likely mean more time for any return on investment.

-With files from Mark McAllister

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