TTC riders who use GO Transit trains as part of their daily commute in town will soon have the option of using an integrated fare that could save them time and money.
Starting Feb. 1, the TTC and Metrolinx will begin a one-year pilot project that will give Metropass holders the option of buying a $60 sticker at Exhibition, Union and Danforth GO stations that when affixed to their Metropass, will allow for unlimited travel between those stations.
The idea is to give a price break and a faster transit option for TTC commuters who use GO's rail network in town as part of their daily commute.
For example, someone who lives in Liberty Village could use GO's Exhibition station to get to Union station instead of riding the crowded King streetcar.
In the east side of the city, passengers travelling between the Danforth GO Station and Union could save 15 minutes or more per trip during rush hour compared to travel on the subway between TTC’s Main subway station and Union.
The stickers will go on sale on Jan. 26.
TTC chair Josh Colle says the option is a response to that riders want.
"They want to get home or to work or to school more quickly and they want more options and better service," Colle said.
It's estimated the sticker system would save riders about $8 a day if they use both GO and the TTC as part of their daily commute on the Lakeshore line in town.
But consultant and transit advocate Denis DesRosier questions how popular the Danforth-Union route will be.
"That may be attractive for a small amount of people, but to have to pay $60 dollars for the privilege — you've got to scratch your head," DesRosier said.