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Many local transit agencies resume collecting fares and requiring front-door boarding

Many local transit agencies in Toronto, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and the Golden Horseshoe are again collecting fares, starting this week.

The agencies also resume requiring passengers to board through the front doors of buses so that they ca n access fareboxes or card readers. Most are encouraging you to pay with your PRESTO fare-card or by other “contact-less” methods, although they continue to accept cash fares and tickets.


Image: York Region Transit

The Hamilton Street Railway resumes front-door boarding and collecting fares Canada Day,Wednesday, July 1. The HSR says it’s installed “operator-compartment bio-shields” as an extra measure to protect operators and passengers.

Starting Thursday, July 2, you can board TTC aboard Wheel-Trans vehicles and contractor taxis. If you’re paying by cash, ticket or token, you can only board buses through the front door.

You’ll have to board Brampton Transit, Durham Region Transit, MiWay, Oakville Transit and York Region Transit buses by the front door and pay your fares, starting Thursday, July 2.

Metrolinx services - GO Transit and Union Pearson express — continued to collect fares throughout the COVID-19 emergency.

You can continue to ride Burlington Transit and Milton Transit buses free of fare until further notice. Burlington Transit reminds passengers that they have to pay a fare when connecting with GO trains and buses and HSR and Oakville Transit buses in Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville. Similarly, Milton Transit passengers also must pay a fare when transferring to GO trains and buses.

Elsewhere in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Grand River Transit resumed collecting fares and requiring front-door boarding on buses, starting Monday, June 1.

Starting Sunday, June 28, St. Catharines Transit resumes front-door boarding and requires passengers to pay fares, starting Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1. For Niagara Region Transit and Niagara Falls Transit, front-door boarding starts Monday, June 29. Fares are required on Niagara Falls Transit by Canada Day and by Niagara Region Transit on Thursday, July 2, as NRT does not provide statutory-holiday service.

As of Sunday, June 28, Welland Transit resumes service along all eight routes with an hourly frequency from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days per week. Passengers must also start paying a fare June 28.

Simcoe County LINX again collects fares, starting Thursday, July 2. BWG Transit remains as an “on-demand” only service, but passengers must again pay fares, starting Thursday, July 2.

You can continue to ride Guelph Transit buses free of fare until Sunday, July 5. Starting Monday, July 6, you’ll have to again pay a fare and board through the front door.

Barrie Transit is extending free service until it has installed new protective operator shields on all buses which is scheduled, likely by the middle of July. Once it has installed all the shields, the City of Barrie will communicate date for returning to paid service. You’ll have to pay to board GO trains and buses in Barrie.

Brantford Transit and Peterborough Transit remain free of fare until further notice. You still have to pay a fare to ride GO buses in Brantford and Peterborough.

Orangeville Transit was free of fare for 90 days, starting Monday, March 23. The 90 days would have expired June 23, but we have not seen notification whether the agency is again collecting fares.

Lindsay Transit resumed service, and collecting fares, Sunday, June 14.