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UP Express ridership skyrockets after fare drop

Ridership on the UP Express has shot up since lower fares were introduced for the airport rail link in early March. Metrolinx claims that trips on the train have tripled in the two month period since prices were slashed in half, an observation that's been corroborated by riders over this same period.

Despite the increased ridership, Metrolinx doesn't believe the cost of the UP Express can be recovered from rider fares. In fact, current ridership and fare levels could result in a $20 million annual shortfall. That makes it all but inevitable that the service will ultimately be subsidized with tax dollars.

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