“One Fare” Program to Save Mississauga Transit Riders $1600

Transit riders using multiple transit agencies will transfer at no extra charge

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Ontario government is keeping costs down for public transit riders with the launch of “One Fare,” which will save riders an average of $1,600 each year. Beginning February 26, 2024, riders will pay only once as they transfer for free between participating transit agencies in the Greater Toronto Area, including GO Transit, MiWay, and the TTC.

This One Fare program expands upon the co-fare agreement between MiWay and GO Transit that was first implemented in 2022, adding more transit organizations to the plan, including TTC.

For example, a commuter travelling from Mississauga to their workplace in Toronto can take MiWay from their home, transfer to GO Transit and travel into Toronto, and then take the TTC to their workplace — all for just the cost of the GO Transit fare. Whereas the MiWay and TTC fares for an adult would have added an additional $3.20 and $3.30 respectively to the cost each way, the “One Fare” program will now keep those costs down when transferring from GO Transit.

“Our government is on a mission to keep costs down for the hardworking people of Ontario,” said Premier Doug Ford. “One Fare will eliminate double fares and put $1,600 back into the pockets of transit riders. Alongside the hundreds of dollars we’re saving for drivers by cutting the gas tax, scrapping road tolls and eliminating the licence plate sticker fee, we’re providing commuters with real, tangible relief.”

Fully funded by the Ontario government, One Fare will lead to over eight million new rides every year and will make cross-boundary travel more affordable and convenient for students, seniors and other commuters transferring between GO Transit, MiWay, TTC, Brampton Transit, Durham Region Transit, and York Region Transit.

“At a time when many families feel like they’re struggling to get ahead, our government is making public transit simpler, more convenient and more affordable,” said Vijay Thanigasalam, Associate Minister of Transportation. “Under the leadership of Premier Ford, we will continue to make historic investments in public transit and put money back in commuters’ pockets, where it belongs.”

Over the next decade, Ontario is investing $70.5 billion to transform public transit in the province, including the largest subway expansion in Canadian history with the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Subway Extension, the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension and the Yonge North Subway Extension. By 2031, the province will introduce two-way, all-day GO train service, every 15 minutes in key corridors in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to connect more people to transit, jobs and housing for generations to come.

“Ontario’s One Fare Program is another example of how we’re saving commuters time and money. Whether it’s to work, school or social events, our government’s historic investments in Ontario’s public transportation system is making it easier, faster and cheaper for people to get where they need to go,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation.

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