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Why is GO raising fares on longer trips,
starting April 20?



During its meeting of Wednesday, April 10, the Metrolinx board of directors approved changing GO Transit fares, starting Saturday, April 20.

GO is lowering fares for short-distance trips. However, it’s also raising fares for longer-distance GO trips.

Daily longer-distance GO commuters know better than anyone whether GO merits more money for its service. But, here’s how GO justifies the increase.


Trains

GO says it’s improved train service in several ways, since it last increased fares in 2017, resulting in more operating costs.


Barrie line:

  • introduced midday hourly service to Aurora (ten new daily trips);
  • introduced evening hourly service to Aurora (six new daily trips);
  • added more service to/from Bradford (six daily trips);
  • improved weekend service to run hourly instead of every 75 minutes (six new daily trips);
  • introduced service to new Downsview Park GO Station (connection to Line 1 TTC subway); and
  • extended rush-hour trips between Maple GO and Allandale Waterfront GO (two daily trips).

Kitchener line:

  • extended rush-hour trips between Georgetown and Kitchener (two daily trips);
  • extended rush-hour trips between Mount Pleasant to Georgetown (two daily trips);
  • introduced more rush-hour service to/from Bramalea (three new daily trips); and
  • introduced more rush-hour service to/from Malton (one new daily trip).

Lakeshore East line:

  • improved late evening service to provide consistent service every 30 minutes (two new trips);
  • improved weekend service to run every 30 minutes (eight new daily trips);
  • improved midday service to run every 15 minutes (21 new daily trips); and
  • added more express peak weekday trips serving the reverse direction (six new daily trips).

Lakeshore West line:

  • improved late evening service to run every 30 minutes (two new daily trips);
  • improved weekend service to run every 30 minutes (eight new daily trips);
  • improved midday service to run three trains an hour (ten new daily trips);
  • extended rush-hour trips extensions between Oakville and Burlington (four daily trips);
  • added more express peak weekday trips serving the reverse direction (six new daily trips); and
  • extended rush-hour trips between West Harbour and Niagara Falls (two daily trips).

Stouffville line:

  • extended Monday-to-Friday midday trips between Unionville and Mount Joy (ten daily trips).

Buses

GO says it’s many improvements to bus service since the last fare increase in 2017, resulting in more maintenance and operating costs.

  • improved route 40, serving Hamilton, Mississauga, Pearson and Richmond Hill, to operate every 30 minutes weekends;
  • improved Highway 407 service to provide better connections with TTC;
  • introduced service to the new Highway 407 Bus Terminal;
  • introduced of service to the new Hwy 404 / Major Mackenzie Park and Ride lot;
  • introduced service to the new Highway 412 / Dundas Park and Ride lot;
  • improved seasonal route 12 to include more express service to Niagara Falls;
  • introduced service to the new Winston Churchill Transitway Station;
  • introduced service to Niagara College;
  • introduced service along the Mississauga Transitway (Routes 19 and 40);
  • introduced service to the new Dixie Transitway Station;
  • introduced service to the new Renforth Transitway Station;
  • improved route 29 service to operate mostly hourly in Guelph and Mississauga; and
  • extended route 66 to East Gwillimbury.

Infrastructure

GO says it’s built new infrastructure since September 2017 to improve passenger experience and enhance the safety and reliability of itsservices, resulting in additional maintenance and operating costs. These include:

  • the new Downsview Park GO Stationthe new Courtice Park and Ride lot;
  • the new Ritson Park and Ride lot;
  • the new Highway 407 Bus Terminal;
  • the new Hwy 404 / Major Mackenzie Park and Ride lot;
  • the new Winston Churchill Transitway Station;
  • significant upgrades to radio and signal equipment to increase capacity and improve reliability of communication across network;
  • substantial upgrades and enhancements to multiple legacy bridges over the rail corridor, extending the longevity and ensuring the safety and reliability of our infrastructure. This includes
  • fully replacing the 100 year old Humber River Bridge; and
  • elevating five bridges.
  • comprehensive repair and inspection program across the entire network to strengthen the integrity of the bridges and provide improved resilience to climate;
  • the new Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility;
  • 152 new rail coaches;
  • 45 miles of resurfaced track;
  • 28,121 new track ties;
  • 29 new switches;
  • 16 new at-grade road crossings;
  • four miles of new rail;
  • 42,000 tonnes of new ballast;
  • 103 upgraded snow clearing devices;
  • 14 new barrier arms for crossing gates;
  • 14 new sites to enhance remote monitoring and energy management across the rail network; and
  • two new designated locations for trains to safely turn around.