Oakville Transit service free until end of March


Published March 4, 2022 at 11:00 am

Oakville Transit is offering free service to its riders until the end of the month after a two-week strike by its employees came to an end on Thursday. OAKVILLE TRANSIT PHOTO

Go ahead and catch a free ride this month on Oakville Transit.

The Town of Oakville is offering residents free transit service on all conventional, Home to Hub and specialized buses from today (March 4) to March 31.

The free service is being offered to entice riders to get back on the bus after the recent 14-day transit strike which came to an end yesterday when the Town and the union representing drivers and mechanics reached a new three-year contract agreement.

“We realize the strike has been disruptive and inconvenient to those who depend on Oakville Transit to get to work, school, and essential appointments,” said Phoebe Fu, Commissioner, Community Infrastructure. “We’re pleased that a settlement has been reached and we’re able to get transit services back on the road.

“We are looking forward to welcoming our customers back, and hope others who haven’t tried Oakville Transit before will consider today’s news a great opportunity to give it a try.”

Customers who had already purchased a monthly paper pass for February and/or March will be given an equivalent free monthly pass for use in April or May.

Beginning today, customers can get their free monthly pass at the transit office on Wyecroft Rd. Proof of purchase is necessary.

Those who bought monthly passes through the PRESTO system will be reimbursed the value of the monthly pass back to their PRESTO account. This credit may take four to six weeks to be processed by PRESTO.

The Ontario government also recently announced that beginning on March 14 local transit will be free for riders connecting to and from GO Transit on most municipal transit systems including Oakville Transit.

The fare discount will be automatically applied when tapping your PRESTO card when transferring between Oakville Transit and GO Transit services.

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