Kids will now get free ride on Mississauga transit buses

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Published January 24, 2023 at 4:11 pm

Children ages 12-and-under in Mississauga will now ride MiWay transit buses for free after City council approved a new fare package earlier today (Jan. 24) that also gives seniors a better deal.

Under an approved one-year pilot project to take effect this spring, MiWay fares for the younger riders will be free while the existing $1 seniors’ fare pass will be extended to provide rides at that rate around the clock.

Currently, kids ages six-to-12 pay a $4 cash fare (or $1.75 via Presto card) while those under six ride free of charge already and the $1 seniors’ passes can be used only on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in addition to 7 p.m. onwards and all day on weekends/holidays.

All other times, seniors pay a $4 cash fare ($2.10 via Presto card).

The revised fares come during City of Mississauga budget deliberations and on the heels of MiWay service improvements in other areas that took effect earlier this year.

Mississauga staff estimate the bus fare pilot program will cost $4.2 million a year in lost revenue/fare evasion.

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