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TTC and GO set to integrate urban fares

Getting downtown from Exhibition and Danforth GO stations looks like it's going to become much more affordable now that the province is expected to announce a fare integration agreement with the TTC later today.

It's expected the fare on the inner portion of the Lakeshore line will drop closer or equal to the current $3 TTC ticket price in an effort to reduce the burden on the Yonge line during rush hour. It currently costs $5.20 to reach Union from Exhibition, $5.35 from Danforth on the GO train. The cost drops by about 50 cents with a Presto card.

As the Globe and Mail notes, the already crowded rush hour GO trains might not have room for many additional passengers. The way the Lakeshore schedule is currently configured many inbound trains bypass Exhibition and Danforth at peak times.

The paper says it expects TTC riders to be given access to GO for $60 a month.

It's not clear whether the program will be permanent or tested on a trial basis.

What do you think? Will slashing downtown GO fares make a difference to congestion on the TTC?

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Devan Cage/blogTO Flickr pool.


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