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Updates: Kitchener Transit hub not till 2015, GO fare increase coming in February

By shost at 12:26 pm on Sunday, January 8, 2012

First of all, those in Kitchener hoping for integrated Transit will have to wait until 2015 at the earliest, while Guelph will begin to use theirs early in 2012.

Or in other terms, those using the Free parking at the Kitchener transit hub site will get to enjoy this amenity for a few years at least. :)

Secondly, for those new to using Metrolinx/GO — GO will raise fares across the system at the same time for all GO services, and one such hike is on the way.  Reader Trevor Heywood sends this in to GOKW.ORG and his information is given below:

“GO Transit is asking the Metrolinx board to increase fares system wide. The last fare increased occurred in March 2010. It will be a 3-tiered approach, with commuters who travel farther facing a larger increase:

* $4.20 — $5.50: +30 cents
* $5.51 — $7.00: +35 cents
* > $7.00: +40 cents

A memo from Metrolinx chief financial officer Robert Sidall stated that Metrolinx has faced significant growth in its ridership, but revenue from this ridership growth alone is not enough to pay for increasing operational costs and new projects. He also hinted that Ontario's current fiscal situation played a factor, and that Metrolinx needed to consider preparing for the future to keep its budget balanced.

The fare increases will raise Metrolinx/GO Transit revenues by $19.5 million. It would be contributed towards improving parking capacity, customer communications, service reliability, facilities and maintenance, and increased capacity in trains and buses.

Fare increases would be effective February 18. The Metrolinx board will discuss it Monday."
A link to a major newspaper report on the story here
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Comment by Steven Petric

January 10, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

What I find funny is they want people to switch to PRESTO, yet they won’t have it installed in Guelph & Kitchener until “Spring” – whenever they think that is.

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