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HSR’s new youth fare promotion makes travelling on transit more affordable this summer

HAMILTON, ON – Youth between the ages of 13 and 19 using PRESTO will ride for half the price during the months of June, July and August. The 50% discount will automatically apply beginning June 1, 2022, to single rides and monthly passes when using a PRESTO card set for a youth concession. School or government-issued ID will be required.

The summer youth fare promotion is part of HSR’s ridership recovery strategy that was approved by Council last October. Previously announced fare promotions include free rides for children ages 6-12 using PRESTO until April 30, 2023, and an enhanced loyalty program that helps customers earn free fare after eight trips. By finding innovative ways to make transit more affordable during this time of recovery, customers will be welcomed back with programs that alleviate financial strain and allow for greater community participation. 

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“I'm excited that the City of Hamilton is able to cut fares in half for youth aged 13 to 19 this summer. With soaring gas prices, transit is an affordable option that connects youth to employment and academic opportunities and enables greater connections with their communities, family and social networks while keeping more money in their pockets."

- Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton

“This is a great opportunity for youth who are working a summer job, taking summer school, or getting back out into the city for summer events and activities. By making transit more affordable, we’re encouraging more young people to use transit and building the ridership of tomorrow.”

- Maureen Cosyn Heath, Director of Transit, Hamilton Street Railway