Metrolinx this week announced it would reduce Presto fares on short distance trips starting April 20.
Fares are to be reduced by at least one dollar and in some cases two dollars for all trips made between GO stations or bus stops that are roughly within 10 kilometres of each other.
The Presto fare for short distances will be reduced to $3.70 — a 21 per cent reduction from the current lowest fare of $4.71. Metrolinx says some fares will be reduced by as much as 40 per cent to bring them down to the new, lower price.
The price of single-fare paper tickets for short trips is also being reduced, with the lowest fare going down from $5.30 to $4.40.
Metrolinx as a result expects annual ridership to increase by two million.
But while those commuting short distances have reason to cheer, those living further will be penalized and will pay more.
For journeys longer than approximately 10 kilometres, the fare will increase by up to 4 per cent. Metrolinx says the fare changes mean the discount for using Presto instead of single-fare paper tickets will go up from 11 to 16 per cent.
Metrolinx last increased GO fares in September 2017 and says “inflationary pressures” are the reason for the new increase.
The Metrolinx Board of Directors will vote on the proposed fare changes on April 10.
Given the cost of real estate, often those who can afford to end up living in prime and more convenient locations closer to the city. Those who cannot afford the cost of real estate often end up living further away from their jobs and have to rely on GO trains and buses. So bad enough they have to spend hours commuting, they also have to pay more. If there was any justice, those living further away from their place of work should’ve got a break on their fare. -CINEWS