With March Break coming up, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Jeff Yurek, went to a March Break hot spot in downtown Toronto, the Ripley’s Aquarium, to announce that kids getting to any destination will get there for free on GO Transit starting on March 9.
“Letting kids travel on GO for free will make taking transit easier and more affordable for parents and kids,” said Yurek in the released statement. “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.”
The announcement aligns GO Transit with municipal transit services like the TTC and UP Express, where kids 12 and under also ride for free. On Guelph Transit, only children under five years old ride for free, but kids between five and 17 can get a discounted rate on passes and tickets. Kids 17 and under can ride the bus in Guelph for $2.25 per trip versus the adult fare of $3.
For the government representatives at this morning’s announcement, this is all about getting more people to use public transit.
“Free rides for kids mean more family adventures,” said Phil Verster, the CEO and President of Metrolinx. “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.”
“During March break and all year-round, Ontario offers a variety of activities, festivals, museums and parks to help the entire family learn, stay active and enjoy nature,” added Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport, Michael Tibollo. “I encourage parents and caregivers to take advantage of free rides for children under 12 via GO Transit and explore Ontario.”
The new fares begin on Saturday March 9, just in time for the start of March Break.