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Province launches One Fare Program

The province’s new One Fare Program promises to put money back in the pockets of many cross-boundary commuters while simplifying fare payment and making transit more connected and convenient.

As of Monday, Feb. 26, customers can transfer for free from York Region Transit (YRT) to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), GO Transit and other participating transit systems – including Brampton Transit, Durham Region Transit and MiWay – using PRESTO, PRESTO Mobile Wallet, credit or debit.

Transfers between most Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) transit agencies were already free, but until now, customers travelling south of Steeles Avenue into Toronto have had to pay a separate fare to travel on TTC.

It’s estimated at least 14 per cent of customers will pay less for transit as a result of the One Fare Program. Adult fare customers travelling using TTC and YRT five days a week (return trips) have been paying $72.30 per week. With Ontario’s One Fare Program, that customer will pay $36.15 a week, saving them $36.15 per week and up to around $1,800 per year.

Here’s how Ontario’s One Fare Program works: PRESTO automatically calculates a 100 per cent discount and applies it to a PRESTO card, credit or debit card or PRESTO in Google Wallet. Transit riders must tap on and off with the same card. Transfers are valid for two hours for trips started on local transit and within three hours of the start of a GO Transit trip.

The payment method used to tap and pay a fare is a customer’s proof of payment. Riders approached for fare inspection will need to tap the card, phone or watch used on the inspection device.

For trips connecting between TTC and GO Transit, the TTC component of the trip will become free, regardless of travel direction. The cost of the TTC trip is discounted from the overall trip cost. For trips connecting between TTC and local transit systems, the second portion of the trip will become free. The first payment will enable a two-hour free transfer across all systems.

Ridership is expected to grow by at least 25,000 new trips per day in the GTHA with the One Fare Program, which supports the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan. For major service alerts, news, travel tips and other transit information, call 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978), visit yrt.ca or follow YRT on social media. You can chat live with a YRT customer service representative at yrt.ca/livechat.  

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