Are you a York student who is commuting to school via GO Transit?
Well, I am. Coming from Markham, GO Transit is one of the many methods I can use to get to school every day, and I love it because (a) it’s fast, (b) it’s reliable, and (c) it’s super comfortable!
GO fares, however, are more expensive than fares for some of the other transit options, like Viva, YRT, TTC, or Züm.
But not to worry – just because you are getting to York via GO does not mean you will break the bank every time you go to class! There are a number of ways to save money while still enjoying the many benefits of travelling via GO (and if you’re like me, you love saving a few bucks wherever possible)!
If you’re looking to save, get a PRESTO Card. What is a PRESTO Card, you might be asking? To quote the GO Transit website,
“PRESTO is an electronic, reloadable fare card the makes commuting convenient. PRESTO makes it easy to pay your fare while travelling within and between transit systems by the simple tap of a card. The system calculates the fare of your trip and deducts it from the balance stored on your card – all in less than a second.”
Why should you use PRESTO?
But how do you save using a PRESTO Card?
Simply, use it! Passengers travelling via GO automatically receive discounts just by using the PRESTO Card to pay their fare. Here is how much you can save off the adult fare as a result of the PRESTO’s built-in loyalty program:
Still seems like a lot? I’ll let you in on a little secret – as a York University Student, you can save even more! If you apply for a GO Transit Student Identification Card and register your student status on your PRESTO Card, you can save a lot more! Here is how much you can save off the adult fare as a result of the PRESTO’s built-in Student loyalty program:
Here is where you can apply for your GO Transit Student Identification Card – If you bring your PRESTO Card and your GO Transit Student Identification Card to Ink Blotz in York Lanes, a representative there can change your PRESTO Card to a student PRESTO Card.
The best part is that you can use your PRESTO Card is not just for use on GO Transit! You can use it to connect with various other transit options, such as VIVA, YRT, Züm, and even some TTC Subways – many even offer similar discounts for using the PRESTO Card!
Still not sure whether you should travel with GO Transit? There are lots of other reasons, aside from the savings through having a PRESTO Card! Check back tomorrow for my “Reasons Why You Should Travel With GO Transit” Article!