Toronto, Ontario – Fares on GO Transit in the Greater Toronto Area will rise as of February 18, 2012, the first increase in almost two years.

The cost of a single adult fare will increase incrementally, based on the distance travelled. There will be a 30-cent increase on current fares between $4.20 and $5.50; a 35-cent increase from $5.51 to $7.00; and a 40-cent increase on fares greater than $7.00. The company said that the increase averages about 5 per cent for the purchase of a single fare.

Discount structures will also change. An adult monthly pass will now save 15 per cent off the cost of 40 single-ride tickets, and PRESTO users will continue to save 17.5 per cent off the cost of 40 single-ride tickets. For students, a monthly pass will now save 30 per cent off 40 single-ride tickets, and PRESTO student users will continue to save 35 per cent off the cost of 40 tickets.

“A fare increase this year is necessary to ensure that GO Transit can continue to provide good customer service, expand services and manage increased costs in areas like fuel and hydro,” said Bruce, McCuaig, president and CEO of Metrolinx.

For more information, visit GO Transit.

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