Province eliminates Oakville bus fare to and from GO Transit

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Published March 15, 2022 at 9:30 am

Contingency plans are in place to mitigate the impacts of any disruption for Oakville Transit customers should they occur at any of the GO Transit stations Oakville Transit operates to. OAKVILLE TRANSIT PHOTO

It won’t cost you a cent to ride on Oakville Transit when connecting to GO.

The province of Ontario has eliminated the fee for most transit agencies, including in Oakville, when using a PRESTO card to transfer to/from GO Transit bus or train services.

A valid, paper single-ride ticket and day pass GO tickets will also be accepted as proof of payment to receive the discount.

“Council is committed to making it quick, simple and hassle-free to get to, from and around Oakville, and to providing easier and more efficient alternatives to single-occupant automobile use,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

“This co-fare agreement aligns with Oakville’s top priorities for a more livable future.”

Following a 16-day strike by Oakville Transit drivers and maintenance workers that ended March 4, the Town made transit service free for all riders until the end of March.

Oakville Transit will continue to be free for those connecting to and from Go Transit service after March 31, 2022.

Oakville riders who commute back and forth five days a week could save $400 annually on local transit expenses.

“This is excellent news for transit customers and for those who are tired of trying to find parking space at the GO station,” said Phoebe Fu, Commissioner, Community Infrastructure.

“We are very pleased to work with the provincial government to make transit even more affordable and easier to get to school, work and life’s appointments.”

Quick facts:

  • Oakville Transit has a co-fare agreement with Metrolinx, the province’s transit agency, currently making the local transit bus fare to/from the GO train just 80 cents when using PRESTO. The new agreement covers 100 per cent of the bus fare when connecting to GO transit service, eliminating paying two fares for your commute.
  • The GO Transit co-fare discount applies to the following agencies: Oakville Transit, Durham Region Transit, Milton Transit, Grand River Transit, Guelph Transit, MiWay, Brampton Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, Burlington Transit, Bradford West Gwillimbury Transit, York Region Transit, and Barrie Transit.
  • Oakville Transit customers can plan a trip online with the Oakville Transit Trip Planner by Google. You can plan your trip and access schedule information if you have the Google Maps app installed on your smartphone. You can also plan a trip using the Triplinx trip planner, designed for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). You can find schedule, fare and other information from 11 GTHA transit providers in Triplinx. Customize your trip by using the options such as maximum walking distance, cycle distance, transit mode and transit service providers you would like to use.

For more information, visit oakvilletransit.ca for details.

 

 

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