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YRT making steps towards fare integration in GTHA



Newmarket – York Regional Council approved changes to York Region Transit’s (YRT) fare categories, making the fare structure more consistent with other Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) transit agencies – an important step Metrolinx is leading towards fare integration.

“Together with partner transit agencies, we have been working on a solution for fare integration to allow transit riders to travel throughout the GTHA more seamlessly,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “These enhancements will make it easier for children, youth and young adults to travel on multiple transit systems, getting them to where they want to go.”

Subject to 2021 budget approval, starting June 27, 2021 changes to YRT’s fare categories include free transit for all children up to the age of five and revising the youth category, allowing those between the ages of 13 to 19 to no longer be required to be a high school student to qualify for the discounted fare.

“Changes to these fare categories across the transit agencies will help reduce confusion when travellers are going from one system to another,” said Township of King Mayor Steve Pellegrini, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services. “Families with young children plus youth graduating high school and entering the workforce will also benefit with the reduced fares.”

Metrolinx and the 11 transit agencies in the GTHA continue to work towards a regional fare and service integration strategy, which would include the development of full fare and service integration and initiatives. Initiatives include eliminating two-fare payment between the 905 area, TTC and GO Transit, and implementing cross-boundary service to create operational efficiencies and improve the traveller experience.

For major service alerts, news, travel tips and other relevant transit information, call 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978), visit yrt.ca or follow YRT on social media. Check out yrt.ca/livechat to chat live with us for quick answers to your transit questions.

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 54,000 businesses with 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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