2.11.27 - “[A re-elected PC government will] save families in Durham Region and across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area […] money by offering more transit options”
The Ford government has announced a commitment to elimiate double fares through a fare integration policy, which would allow free transfers for the TTC to GO Transit and other regional transit, including Durham Region Transit. While the government has announced its intention, the policy will not be introduced until early 2024, and therefore this promise is in progress.
“Fare integration across the Greater Toronto Area could be used almost 160,000 times per day and attract thousands of new public transit riders, according to the province’s internal estimates of the impending policy. […] “The new provincial funding program introduces free transfers for TTC to GO Transit and TTC to Durham Region Transit, York Region Transit, MiWay and Brampton Transit,” a briefing for the recently-appointed Minister of Transportation said.”
This promise comes as part of the Ford government’s wider pledge to improve public transit and highways such as the Bowmanville Go extension, the Ontario Line subway, and investment in transit infrastructure. Although these promises are in progress, the government cannot currently say that it is saving residents in Durham Region and the GTHA time by offering transit options. Therefore, this promise remains not yet rated.
“The [Greater Golden Horseshoe] region has experienced substantial growth over the last several decades. As this growth continues into the next 30 years, adding approximately one million people every five years, the region and its transportation system will face intensified challenges coupled with changing demographics, shifting work-live patterns, climate change impacts and accelerated advancement of new technologies. It is therefore vital to put in place a sustainable, interconnected and resilient plan to provide a 30-year vision for mobility across the region that will guide and align planning and investments by the province and other transportation providers.”