Ontario Liberals pledge to reduce transit fares to $1 across the province if elected

May 2 2022, 1:46 pm

With just a month to go before election day, campaigning is ramping up, and the Liberals just made a big announcement for transit riders.

If elected, the Liberals plan to introduce $1 transit fares across the province. Liberal leader Steven Del Duca said that it’s in an effort to give people more travel options and make commuting more affordable.

“Ontario is gripped by an affordability crisis, and families expect their government to act. Ontario Liberals have a better plan. Our plan will provide families with immediate relief within the first 100 days of being elected by slashing the price of transit to a buck-a-ride,” Del Duca said in a press release.

The $1 fare would apply to all transit in the province, including GO Transit and municipal transit. The Liberals claim that the buck-a-ride plan would take 400,000 cars off the road.

According to the Liberals, the plan will cost $770 million from 2022 to 2023 and $1.1 billion from 2023 to 2024.

The party used the opportunity to take a dig at Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government to remind Ontarians that his buck-a-beer promise never came to fruition. The press release states that the cheapest beer available at the LCBO is $1.65.

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