Video: Bus, train travel easy as tapping a card for Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and Durham residents
Published October 14, 2022 at 12:07 pm
Passengers in Mississauga, Brampton and across the region have an easy new way to pay for rides on GO Transit trains and buses–and some municipal transit services across the GTA–and the agency that runs the system wants to make sure it stays that way.
Metrolinx, the provincial agency that oversees GO Transit, wants to ensure that riders using GO in addition to MiWay (Mississauga’s transit provider), Brampton Transit and Oakville Transit, and the Union Station to Pearson Airport train (UP Express), know exactly how to use the new card-tapping payment options.
The new options were introduced in August to help transit users in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Halton, Durham, Niagara and other areas get around more conveniently on buses and trains.
The initiative is also being expanded to include other regions and their municipal transit services.
Metrolinx included a video (see below) in a news release today (Oct. 14) that explains to customers everything they need to know about using the new transit fare payment options.
As of Aug. 11, GO riders in the aforementioned areas were able to hop on buses and trains with the tap of a credit card. The new fare option was also made available at that time to users of MiWay, Brampton Transit and Oakville Transit, and the UP Express.
Additionally, a debit fare payment option is planned in the near future and all new payment options will eventually be extended to include more transit agencies across the region, Metrolinx officials said earlier.
Since August, customers have “tapped on” more than 100,000 times (as of late September) using credit cards on GO, MiWay, and Brampton and Oakville transit services, said Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) officials at a news conference in Mississauga in late September.
In 2023, they added, the provincial government will further expand the initiative to more transit agencies across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area by giving riders more ways to pay, including payment by debit.
Metrolinx officials said in August that the changes, simply put, will make it easier for commuters to get around.
“After a successful test run this past year on UP Express, more customers will have new and easy ways to pay their adult fare on more transit agencies in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.”
The UP Express pilot program will now be permanent as well, transit officials say.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising