Liberty on the GO 2.0

To The Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

WHEREAS Liberty Village's growth has outpaced investments into local public transit options.

WHEREAS the King Streetcar is currently over capacity carrying more than 57,000 passengers daily.

WHEREAS the Exhibition GO Station to Union Station fare is the highest cost per kilometre in Toronto and as such is not an affordable alternative.

WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

  • That Metrolinx review their fare by distance model to ensure fares are equitable for local passengers riding short distances
  • That Metrolinx explore the possibility of a second entrance to Exhibition GO Station further east in Liberty Village, and
  • That Metrolinx ensure effective connections to the proposed SmartTrack station on King Street are put in place.

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I was glad to see the Province announce that they will be implementing a co-fare agreement for commuters who transfer from the GO to the TTC. Passengers who transfer from one service to the other will soon pay a half-price TTC fare of $1.50, or receive a $1.50 discount on their GO fare.

This is a big win, and wouldn’t have happened without your help. Together, we have been campaigning since 2013 for improved transit and an integrated and affordable co-fare for Liberty Village.

This is a great step forward, but there is more work to be done. Residents of Liberty Village are still underserved by the available transit options.

Liberty Village’s growth has outpaced investments into local public transit options. Every day, thousands of people living and working in Liberty Village wait as overflowing streetcars pass on King Street, the busiest streetcar route in the city, with a hope that the next one will have enough room.

Exhibition GO Station is a short walk from the heart of Liberty Village and could get riders to the subway faster than the 504 Streetcar during rush hour. However, at a cost of $5.30 one-way, the ride from Exhibition GO to Union is the highest cost per kilometer on the system. Even with the new co-fare for those that continue on the TTC, the high cost of a one-way, 3 kilometer trip from Exhibition GO to Union means this is not a viable alternative for many local residents.

If GO Transit is to be a part of Toronto’s transit solution, it needs to be accessible and affordable for local residents. That means reviewing the inequitable fares for short trips like this.

That is why I have launched a campaign calling on the Ontario Government and Metrolinx to review their fare by distance model. I am also requesting that they explore the possibility of a second entrance to Exhibition GO Station further east in Liberty Village to make it easier for residents to access the service. Finally, I am requesting they ensure effective connections to the proposed SmartTrack station on King Street are put in place.