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GO fares expected to rise in new year, but Union-Pearson Express could go down

Last Updated Nov 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm EDT

File photo of a GO train. CP PHOTO/Steve White.

The cost of riding GO Transit is expected to go up in the new year, but the price of the Union-Pearson Express may be coming down.

The Metrolinx board meets Thursday and according to a board report, it will likely approve an increase of about 5 per cent on all but the shortest GO rides effective February 1.

The provincial transit agency is also tweaking the cost of riding the Union-Pearson Express train over the next few weeks.

The changes include allowing children 12-and-under to ride free and reducing the return adult fare from $53 to $44.

It’s been nearly six months since it launched and the Union-Pearson Express is only carrying about 2,500 passengers a day, which is about half its first year goal.

Last week, it announced a buy one get one free promotion.