GO Transit Increases Fares

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GO Transit Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Starting today, February 1st, GO Transit is increasing its fares to help offset the costs of increased service on its routes.

For short distance trips, currently set at between $5.30 and $5.69, there will be no increase in fares.

For other fares, the increase breaks down as follows: Continue reading

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New TTC Fares

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TTC tokens, introduced in November 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we have entered 2016, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has raised its fares.

For the first time in several years, the cash fare was raised.  The new cash fares for adults is $3.25, $2.00 for seniors (65+) and students (13-19).

Children 12 and under continue to travel for free, a policy initiated by Mayor John Tory last year.

Presto, token, and ticket fares are now $2.90 for adults, and $1.95 for seniors and students.

The weekly pass is now $42.25 (adults) and $33.00 (seniors and students) while the Metropass is now $141.50 (adults) and $112.00 (seniors and students.)  The discounted Metropass is now $129.75 (adults) and $102.75 (seniors and students.)

The downtown express rate, which is in addition to the base fare) is $3.25 cash or token (adults) and $2.00 (seniors and students.)  The monthly sticker for the express rate is $41.50 for everyone.

The Post-secondary Metropass is now $112.00, while the day pass is now $12.00 and the GTA Weekly Pass is $61.00.

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GO Transit to Offer Early Home bound Service on Christmas Eve

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GO Transit’s locomotive #563 pushes its Stouffville line train through Danforth GO Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GO Transit has announced that, as in previous years, it will be offering early service during the afternoon rush hour on December 24th, 2015.

On the Lakeshore lines, earlier trains depart eastbound from Union running express to Rouge Hill and then making all stops to Oshawa.  Heading west, trains to Hamilton will be operating earlier than usual.  However, normal 30 minute service will continue in the evening.

On the Kitchener, Milton, Barrie, Richmond Hill, and Stouffville lines, trains will depart earlier in the day.

GO Bus routes are also changing.

Due to the number of changes, it is strongly suggested that GO passengers check out GO’s website for the appropriate changes.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

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The Unofficial Return of the 507 Long Branch Car

ALRV #4228The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has announced a temporary return of the 507 Long Branch car, at least in practice, if not in reality.

After more than 20 years, southern Etobicoke gets its own streetcar again.

The TTC has announced that starting January 3rd, 2016, it is splitting the 501 into two portions, which will operate as follows:

  1.  Long Branch to Humber Loop.
  2. Humber Loop to Neville Park.

The TTC will operate ALRV vehicles from Humber Loop east to Neville Park, and CLRV west of Humber Loop.  There will be 10 minute service along the Lake Shore, and the TTC is operating three streetcars during the morning rush hour between Long Branch Loop and Broadview Ave.  In addition, late evening service, and the 301 Queen (the overnight version of the 501) will be interlined.

I have yet to hear how long this split will occur, but it should help make the route better, and much easier to manage.  If successful, hopefully the TTC will retain the split service.

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20 Years Since End of PCC Service

PCC 4500 002Today, December 8th, 2015, marks the 20th Anniversary of the last day of service for the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) fleet of Presidents Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars.

The PCC cars first saw service on the TTC in 1938.  The PCCs had 46 seats with room for 103 passengers under normal situations, but up to 134 maximum.  The TTC would have 745 PCCs at the height of its service in Toronto, of which  520 were purchased new, with another 225 streetcars purchased secondhand from other cities.

On November 23rd, 1995 the TTC Board decided to end PCC service, partly due to the costs of keeping two types of streetcars, plus the fact that the Canadian Light Rail Vehicles (CLRV) and Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRV) cars were sufficient to handle the requirements for service levels.

Two PCC streetcars (numbers #4500 and #4549), however, would be retained by the TTC for charters, and for a few years in the 21st Century for special service along the Harbourfront line.  Also, the grinding train, consisting of W30 and W31, was retained for a number of years before heading to the Halton County Radial Railway Museum.

Several PCC streetcars remain in use with museums.

Here are a few pictures of the PCC:

 

PCC #4500 at Exhibition Loop

PCC #4500 at Exhibition Loop

PCC #4500 arrives at Humber Loop

PCC #4500 arrives at Humber Loop

PCC s#4549 at Long Branch Loop

PCC s#4549 at Long Branch Loop

Here is a short video about the last day of PCC service in Toronto, from Youtube:

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No Service from Mimico to Union Station on November 21st and 22nd, 2015

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The station building of Mimico GO Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GO Transit has announced that there will be no GO train service between Mimico GO station and Union Station on November 21st, and 22nd, 2015.  The City of Toronto is replacing bridges on Dunn Ave. and Dowling Ave. over the train tracks that GO trains operate on the Lakeshore West line.

Trains will continue to operate between Aldershot GO station and Mimico GO station.  GO buses will provide a bridge service between Port Credit GO station and Union Station.  However, passengers are warned that there may be long lines for the bus service, and delays may be caused.  Long Branch and Mimico passengers are encouraged to use the TTC.

GO Transit will also offer service along the Milton line on the weekend, with trains operating in each direction every three hours.

Normal service returns first thing Monday morning.

The only question is why Port Credit GO station is being used for the transfer to the bus service, instead of Long Branch GO station.

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Remembrance Day 2015

In honour of Remembrance day, many transit agencies in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will be offering free rides to veterans, or to a relative of a deceased veteran.

Veterans are asked to wear their uniform, or provide identification showing their service in our armed forces.  Family members of deceased members are asked to provide documentation of their relationship with a veteran who has passed away.

Agencies who have announced a free ride policy for veterans on Remembrance Day include:

Brampton Transit
Burlington Transit
Guelph Transit
GO Transit
Hamilton Street Railway (HSR)
Misissauga Transit (MiWay)
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
York Region Transit (YRT)

To all veterans: A big thank you for your service and your courage.  For all the families of deceased veterans: our thoughts are with you.

Lest We Forget!

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