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GO Transit, UP Express fares set to rise in September

NEWS STAFF | posted Thursday, Jun 29th, 2017

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An UP Express train is shown in an undated file photo. METROLINX/Rick Radell
Metrolinx is raising fares this fall on longer-distance GO Transit and UP Express trips.

At its regularly scheduled board meeting on Wednesday, the provincial transit agency proposed fare hikes of up to three per cent for trips costing above $5.65 starting Sept. 2.

Fares for users of the Presto card will also go up however the loyalty discounts for using the pre-loaded fare payment system will remain unchanged.

Passengers on the Union-to-Barrie trip will see the largest increase, with fares rising 40 cents to $13.95. The Presto fare will rise 32 cents to $12.35, as the loyalty discounts for using the card remain unchanged.

UP Express riders going from Union to Pearson will see a 35-cent increase to $12.35. Presto users will see fares go up 25 cents to $9.25.

Metrolinx says the fare increases will result in $8.5 million of additional revenue which they say is necessary to support and fund current and planned services.

Proposed Metrolinx fare increases for Go Transit and UP Express users (Metrolinx)

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