Children 12 and under will soon be able to ride on GO Transit at no cost, according to Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek.
Yurek, along with Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster, made the announcement Thursday morning at Ripley’s Aquarium, saying the move will make it easier for families to get moving in the GTHA.
Starting on March 9, kids 12 and under can travel for free on all GO Transit trains and buses without having to use a PRESTO card — just in time for March Break.
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“Letting kids travel on GO for free will make taking transit easier and more affordable for parents and kids,” said Minister Yurek.
“Whether you’re visiting family or taking a trip to the mall, free trips for children will help families save money and offer parents a low-stress alternative to driving. Ontario is putting families first.”
According to Yurek, introducing free rides for children on GO Transit will make travelling across the region more seamless and convenient.
“Free rides for kids mean more family adventures,” said Verster. “The whole family can give GO Transit or UP Express a try while getting our younger generations excited about taking the train or the bus.”
Children can already travel on the TTC and UP Express for free.