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York Region continues to advocate for better transit fare integration



Newmarket – York Regional Council passed a resolution to seek a commitment from Metrolinx to finalize a Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) fare integration solution by 2019. An integrated fare solution would require standardization of fare policies, discounts, fares and rules regarding transfers.

York Region will also continue to work with York University on a temporary solution to the cross-boundary travel issue for students, such as a Universal Pass or U-Pass.

“Since 2014, York Region has been working with Metrolinx and other GTHA transit agencies to create an integrated fare system,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “A harmonized fare structure, payment options and seamless travel across municipal boundaries will make it easier for people to get to where they need or want to go.”

Until a more coordinated fare integration solution is in place, Council also directed staff to explore opportunities for York Region Transit (YRT) to directly serve York University.

As part of the York Region Transit fall service changes effective September 2, YRT discontinued servicing the York University Keele Street Campus. Instead, these routes are now redirected to service the Pioneer Village Bus Terminal. This service change is a result of the 2009 agreement between the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and York Region for the construction of the TTC Line 1 Subway Extension.

The York Federation of Students will soon be conducting an online survey seeking feedback from students on a U-Pass, a possible temporary solution for York University students. The U-Pass would provide students with unlimited travel on YRT, TTC and Brampton Transit during each semester, for one low price. The survey results will be shared with the transit agencies and included in a follow-up report to Regional Council.

York Region and transit agencies across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area have made significant investments to implement PRESTO fare technology and equipment, with the goal of seamless travel across the GTHA. A fare integration solution by 2019 would allow full implementation as part of updating PRESTO technology in 2020.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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Media Contact: Tamara Ostrowski, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71226
Cell: 905-251-6415
Email: tamara.ostrowski@york.ca


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