NDP, students call on Ford government to save program that cuts fares on TTC, GO Transit

Double Fare Discount program scheduled to end March 31

By the end of March 2020, residents of the GTA will not be able to use the discount double fare program when using the TTC and GO Transit. (J.P. Moczulski/ Canadian Press)

The Ontario NDP is pushing the Ford government to save a program that discounts fares for commuters who switch between the TTC and GO Transit.

The Discount Double Fare program, which gives riders who transfer between the two transit systems a discount of $1.50 for each single trip when they use their Presto cards, is slated to come to an end on March 31.

Monday at Queen’s Park, NDP transit critic Jessica Bell told CBC Toronto that she would introduce a motion calling on the PC government to keep funding the subsidy, which saves some commuters more than $700 a year.

Cutting funds for this program means that “people will drive instead,” the MPP for University-Rosedale said.

“It means [they] will be contributing to the congestion crisis we have in our region and it means a lot of people will be paying more when they are struggling to make ends meet,” she added. Read more

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