GO Transit to increase service and fares

Rachel Faber
April 3, 2014
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GO Transit will add more GO bus trips serving McMaster, starting this spring.

The Ministry of Transportation said it will add 18 new weekday round trips on its 47 route starting April 15th.  These trips are to run between McMaster and in Mississauga. There are also 15 new eastbound trips and 16 more westbound trips that are to be added to the route for weekend travel.

The above mentions are part of the GO transit’s bigger plan in terms of increasing the service provided by them to the people of Ontario.

The GO Transit has increased their fares starting Feb. 1, to help fund the changes that they have introduced.

As of Feb. 1, GO Transit introduced the following changes in their fares:

• 35-cent increase on current fares between $4.85 and $6.15

• 45-cent increase on current fares between $6.16 and $7.80

• 55-cent increase on current fares greater than $7.80

Students have mixed views on the changes made by the GO transit. For several students who commute daily, the increase in the frequency of the GO bus is an advantage, but the fare hike has taken people by surprise.

Lfe Adesola, a McMaster student, stated that it was the ‘absolute best thing’.

The GO Transit though, in a possible attempt to pacify customers, will increase the loyalty discount per ride. They will be increasing the student discount from 16.25 percent to 17.25 percent for 1-30 rides. As well, they will be increasing the regular discount from 8.75 percent to 10 percent for 1-35 rides.

The discount rate beyond the given number of rides will stay the same.

“It is a great option for people all around. By improving GO service this spring, we are providing people with more travel options and making it more convenient for them to get to work, school or wherever they need to be,” stated Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

McMeekin also said that since 2003, Ontario has invested approximately $9.1 billion in the GO Transit and that money has been put to build 10 new GO stations, rebuild two existing GO stations, improve service and expand routes.

With the 15-minute GO Train guarantee, riders may get a credit for their ride if the arrival of their train is delayed by more than 15 minutes.

“Our improvements to GO Transit support our commitment to bring two-way, all-day GO train service to commuters in the Greater Toronto Area. Our unprecedented public transit investments are making transit a better choice for commuters, reducing congestion on our roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Ontario families,” said Glen R. Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure.

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