GO Transit and TTC fare integration to streamline commuting, save riders money

Metrolinx’s GO Transit division and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are launching a one-year pilot project to make travel within the downtown core easier and faster.

Commuters can purchase a monthly $60 GO sticker to accompany their TTC Metropasses starting Feb. 1. This allows TTC riders to board Lakeshore trains at Exhibition, Danforth and Union GO stations without paying another fare. They can also use the Stouffville train between Union and Danforth GO stations as part of the pilot project.

Stickers will be sold starting Jan. 26 at the Exhibition, Danforth and Union GO stations. This can save the long-distance traveller about $8 a day if both GO and TTC are parts of their daily commutes, reports the CBC.

An Eastbound train to Oshawa pulling into Danforth GO station. (Courtesy Flickr user Lord of the Wings©)

An eastbound train to Oshawa pulling into Danforth GO station. (Courtesy Flickr user Lord of the Wings©)

Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transportation, made the announcement Friday morning beside the Danforth train tracks, and said GO travellers can save up to 15 minutes during rush hours compared to subway-only travel.

“This is a glimpse into what the future of the transit hub is set to hold,” Del Duca said. “This pilot will help commuters get to where they need to go sooner and allow all of us to spend more time with the people who matter most.”

According to initial reports, commuter complaints against the TTC in 2012 reached a record-high 45,408, from 38,811 in 2011 and 34,107 in 2010.

TTC Chair Josh Colle said this action shows that Metrolinx and TTC are listening to commuters.

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