TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Metrolinx's GO Transit division is pairing up with the TTC on a one-year pilot project that will give commuters more choices and make it easier and faster to get around downtown Toronto.
TTC Metropass holders will be able to purchase a $60 sticker at GO Transit's Exhibition, Union and Danforth stations that will provide unlimited GO Train travel between those locations, offering an express travel option to and from the downtown core. This represents about a 65 per cent discount over the regular cost of using GO Transit between these stations. Stickers will go on sale starting January 26 in advance of a February service launch.
Customers travelling between Danforth GO Station and Union could save 15 minutes or more per trip during rush hour compared to travel on the subway between TTC's Main Station and Union. Customers travelling between Exhibition GO Station and Union could save at least 10 minutes per trip during rush hour periods compared to travel on the TTC.
"We are committed to improving public transit so that more commuters choose to take transit to move around the City of Toronto," said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. "This is proof of our government's commitment to developing customer-focused solutions to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families."
"The TTC is a valued partner, and we're very pleased to be working with them to bring more integrated and convenient transit to Toronto riders," said Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx. "What we learn from this year-long pilot project will help us better understand why and how customers use different types of transit so we can continue to keep the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area moving."
"This fare integration pilot is a win for transit users in Toronto," said TTC Chair Josh Colle. "Being able to use GO service at a discounted rate means we are providing a convenient and affordable option to customers who – like all TTC riders – just want to get to home and work quicker. I look forward to continuing to work with our partners at the Province and Metrolinx to provide improved transit service in Toronto."
This project is part of Metrolinx's regional transportation plan to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with fast, convenient and integrated transit. Working through its divisions – GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express – Metrolinx is transforming the way the region moves.
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