Ontario Cutting the Cost of Transit for Mississauga Residents

Published on March 01, 2022

Elimination of double fares and new discounts keep more money in the pockets of GO Transit riders.

MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government is making it more convenient and affordable for people to use transit across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

“Affordability and cost of living concerns are very much on the minds of families throughout Ontario, and that is why our government is taking action to make riding transit cheaper.  As we cut costs for drivers, including by eliminating licence sticker renewal fees and removing tolls on Highways 412 and 418, we’re also slashing fares to keep more money in the pockets of families and young people when they need it most and making it easier to get from point A to B,” said Ontario's Associate Minister of Transportation.

Eliminating Double Fares

The province is eliminating the local transit fare for most local transit organizations when using GO Transit service.  Beginning March 14, local transit will be free for riders connecting to and from GO Transit on municipal transit systems with GO Transit co-fare agreements.  This means that a Mississauga adult who commutes back and forth using both MiWay and GO Transit could save $1.60 daily on return-trip transit expenses — amounting to $250 per year if they travel three times per week.

This "co-fare discount" applies to the following transit agencies: Durham Region Transit, Milton Transit, Grand River Transit, Guelph Transit, Oakville Transit, MiWay, Brampton Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, Burlington Transit, Bradford West Gwillimbury Transit, York Region Transit, and Barrie Transit

Discounts for Youth and Post-Secondary Students

Starting March 14, PRESTO discounts for youth and post-secondary students are increasing to 40 per cent off the full adult fare — almost double the current discounts. This applies to GO Transit and UP Express customers who are 13-19 years old or anyone enrolled in full-time post-secondary education. Kids under 12 will continue to ride free on GO Transit.

“With students learning in-person, our government is making transit more affordable and accessible for them,” said Ontario's Minister of Education. “These fare discounts will save working families money, along with expanded access to free tutoring programs to help students get back on track.”

Affordable Transit Program

GO Transit is also introducing an Affordability pilot program for low-income riders in Peel Region who are enrolled in Peel’s Affordable Transit Program. Starting March 14, riders with an Affordable Transit Program fare type will be reimbursed for 50 per cent of the PRESTO adult fare when travelling on GO Transit using a PRESTO card. The pilot will be rolled out to other transit systems in a phased approach.

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