March 16, 2018
Ontario is bringing more convenient transit options to commuters and families along the Barrie corridor with the construction of 69 new parking spaces at the Aurora GO station and over 480 new parking spaces at the East Gwillimbury GO station. The additional parking spaces will make taking transit easier and more accessible for customers, so that more people can enjoy the new all-day weekday service along the Barrie GO rail line.
Construction for the new parking spaces will begin this spring, and is expected to be completed by end of the year.
The province is also cutting the cost of commuting for people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. As of January 2018, adult, senior, youth and student commuters pay a TTC fare of just $1.50 when they use a PRESTO card to transfer between GO Transit or the UP Express and the TTC.
Creating better public transit and improving the commuting experience is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“These additional parking spaces will make it easier for families to access transit for a seamless commute. Our commitment to expanding and improving transit helps manage congestion, connect people to jobs and improve our economy.” — Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation
"These improvements will benefit our entire community and help us meet the growing demand for transit. I’m thrilled that the concerns of local residents regarding parking availability in Aurora have been acted upon.” –– Chris Ballard, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora
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