GO raises fares, February 1



At its meeting, Thursday, December 3, 2015, the Metrolinx board of directors approved GO Transit’s proposal to raise its fares, starting Monday, February 1. By increasing fares, GO says, it can “continue to provide a high level of customer service while improving and expanding service to meet increasing ridership demand.”

The board also agreed to slightly reduce the fares from the current amount for passengers using PRESTO fare cards.

GO is freezing fares for short-distance trips. This means adult single fares will not increase between $5.30 (the minimum GO fare) and $5.69 for a passenger paying with a paper ticket. Short-distance fares for children, students and seniors also remain the same as currently.

Since GO fares vary, depending on how far each passengers travels, the cost for a single adult ride, when using a paper ticket would increase incrementally:

  • no increase on the minimum fare of $5.30;
  • a 40-cent increase on fares between $5.70 and $6.50, increasing the range to between $6.11 and $6.90;
  • a 50-cent increase on fares between $6.51 and $8.25, increasing the range to between $6.91 and $8.75; and
  • a 60-cent increase on fares greater than $8.25.

From Union Station, for example, the minimum fare only applies to a trip along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Exhibition GO Station.

Fares between $6.11 and $6.90 apply, for example, to train trips from Union Station:

  • along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Mimico, Long Branch and Port Credit GO Stations;
  • along the 09 Lakeshore East line as far east as Rouge Hill GO Station;
  • along the 21 Milton line line as far west as Cooksville GO Station;
  • along the 31 Kitchener line as far northwest as Etobicoke North GO Station;
  • along the entire 61 Richmond Hill line to Richmond Hill GO Station;
  • along the 65 Barrie line as far north as Maple GO Station; and
  • along the 71 Stouffville line as far northeast as Agincourt GO Station.

Fares fares between $6.91 and $8.75 apply, for example, to train trips from Union Station:

  • along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Clarkson and Oakville GO Stations;
  • along the 09 Lakeshore East line to Pickering and Ajax GO Stations;
  • along the 21 Milton line to Erindale, Streetsville and Meadowvale GO Stations;
  • along the 31 Kitchener line to Malton, Bramalea and Brampton GO Stations;
  • along the 65 Barrie line to King City and Aurora GO Stations; and
  • along the 71 Stouffville line to Milliken, Unionville, Centennial, Markham and Mount Joy GO Stations.

Fares greater than $8.75 apply, for example, to train trips from Union Station:

  • along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Bronte GO Station and beyond;
  • along the 09 Lakeshore East line to Whitby and Oshawa GO Stations;
  • along the 21 Milton line to Lisgar and Milton GO Stations;
  • along the 31 Kitchener line to Mount Pleasant GO Station and beyond;
  • along the 65 Barrie line to Newmarket GO Station and beyond; and
  • along the 71 Stouffville line to Stouffville and Lincolnville GO Stations.
Bigger discount for PRESTO users

PRESTO fare-card users continue to pay less than paper-ticket users. GO is increasing the starting discount for using PRESTO. This means that PRESTO users actually pay less in February for short-distance trips than they do now because GO is not increasing those fares.

For adults, the discount increases to 11.15 percent off the single adult paper ticket fare for rides 1 to 35 — a bigger discount from the current 10 percent off. For rides 36 - 40 and for rides 41+, the discounts remain the same.

GO will update its fare calculator shortly so you can determine how much you’ll be paying to ride after February 1.

GO is also using a similar scale to increase fares for children, students and seniors.


Recent fare increases


2016 fare increases

Milton Transit raised fares Monday, January 4.

The TTC raised fares Sunday, January 3.

Oakville Transit raised fares New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1.

Guelph Transit raised fares New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1.


2015 fare increases

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Tuesday, September 1.

York Region Transit raised fares Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1.

Grand River Transit is raised fares, Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1.

Durham Region Transit raised fares Friday, May 1.

Burlington Transit raised fares Friday, May 1.

MiWay raised fares Sunday, April 27.

The TTC raised fares Sunday, March 1. (It also eliminated fares for children 12 years of age or younger.)

Oakville Transit raised fares Sunday, March 1.

GO Transit raised fares Sunday, February 1.

MiWay also reduced the fares for seniors to just $1 during off-peak hours, starting Monday, June 29.


2014 fare increases

Durham Region Transit raised fares Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1.

Grand River Transit raised fares Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 31.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, February 1.

MiWay raised fares Monday, January 27.

Milton Transit raised fares Thursday, January 2.

The TTC raised fares New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1.

York Region Transit raised fares New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1.

Oakville Transit raised fares New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1.


2013 fare increases

Durham Region Transit raised fares Monday, July 1.

Grand River Transit raised fares Monday, July 1.

Barrie Transit raised fares Wednesday, May 1.

Burlington Transit raised fares Wednesday, May 1.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, April 1.

GO Transit raised fares Friday, February 1.

MiWay raised fares Monday, January 28.

Peterborough Transit raised fares Wednesday, January 2.

The TTC raised fares Tuesday, January 1.

York Region Transit raised fares Tuesday, January 1.

Oakville Transit raised fares Tuesday, January 1.

Burlington Transit revised fares for Handi-van (door-to-door accessible service) passengers Tuesday, January 1.

The Hamilton Street Railway revised fares for senior passengers Tuesday, January 1.


2012 fare increases

Durham Region Transit revised fares for DRT Specialized Services (door-to-door accessible service) passengers Saturday, December 1.

Guelph Transit raised fares Saturday, September 1.

Durham Region Transit and Grand River Transit raised fares Sunday, July 1.

Barrie Transit raised fares Tuesday, May 1.

The St. Catharines Transit Commission raised fares Monday, April 2.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 26.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, February 18.

MiWay raised fares Monday, January 30.

The TTC raised fares New Year’s Day, New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

York Region Transit and Oakville Transit alos raised fares New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

Milton Transit also raised fares New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

2011 fare increases

Guelph Transit and Port Colborne Transit raised fares Wednesday, September 1, 2011.

Grand River Transit, Niagara Falls Transit and Oakville Transit raised fares Friday, July 1, 2011.

Barrie Transit raised fares Sunday, May 1, 2011.

MiWay raised fares Monday, April 4, 2011.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday, March 28, 2011.


2010 fare increases

Burlington Transit raised fares Thursday, April 1, 2010.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Barrie Transit raised fares Monday, March 1, 2010.

Guelph Transit raised fares Monday, February 1, 2010.

The TTC raised fares Sunday, January 3, 2010.

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Friday, January 1, 2010.


2009 fare increases

Durham Region Transit raised fares Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, March 14, 2009.

The Region of Peel’s accessible door-to-door TransHelp service raised its fares Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Brampton Transit raised fares Monday February 16, 2009.

Guelph Transit raised fares Sunday, February 1, 2009.

Mississauga Transit raised the cost of fares Monday, January 26, 2009.

Burlington Transit raised the cost of cash fares, tickets and passes Sunday, January 4, 2009.

Barrie Transit raised the cost of monthly passes Thursday, January 1, 2009.

Oakville Transit raised the cost of adult cash fares Thursday, January 1, 2009.

York Region Transit raised the cost of adult cash fares Thursday, January 1, 2009.


2008 fare increases

Guelph Transit raised fares Sunday, July 6, 2008.

Durham Region Transit raised fares Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

Oakville Transit raised fares Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

GO Transit raised fares Saturday, March 15, 2008.

Mississauga Transit raised all fares Monday, February 25, 2008.

Brampton Transit “adjusted” fares Monday, January 28, 2008.

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

Mississauga Transit raised the cost of seniors passes Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

York Region Transit raised fares Tuesday, January 1, 2008.


2007 fare increases

The TTC raised fares Sunday, November 4, 2007.

Durham Region Transit raised all fares Sunday, July 1, 2007.

The Hamilton Street Railway raised fares Friday, June 1, 2007.

Barrie Transit raised fares Tuesday, May 1, 2007.

Milton Transit raised fares Monday, April 2, 2007.

Mississauga Transit raised fares Monday, February 26, 2007.

Brampton Transit raised fares [Monday, February 5, 2007.

York Region Transit raised fares Monday, January 1, 2007.

Durham Region Transit raised seniors and access fares only Monday, January 1, 2007.

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