Councillor Pushes Integrated GO/TTC Fare to Fight Congestion
City councillor Mike Layton says he has a way to relieve congestion on the packed King streetcar, something he's dubbing the cheapest downtown relief line possible.
Layton is calling on the TTC and GO Transit to offer an integrated fare to riders to make it easier for those living in booming Liberty Village to take the GO train to Union Station.
Currently it costs $4.85 for riders to travel the 3 km from the Exhibition GO station to Union, and if a TTC fare is added, the trip costs close to $8, offering little incentive for those living in Liberty Village to get off the King streetcar, which carries over 55,000 riders a day.
Other GTA municipalities have agreements with GO transit that sees GO riders pay reduced fares on local transit. Layton is open to any changes that might make "fares more fair."
Metrolinx has agreed to take a look at the suggestion and Layton's request for an added stop on the Georgetown line north of Liberty Village.
TTC Chair Karen Stintz is asking for staff to report back on an integrated fare pilot project at the Exhibition and Bloor GO stations.