The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is offering free transit to ticket holders for the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games.

The move is part of its plan to ease traffic congestion during the games.

On the day of the event, ticket holders can show their tickets to get free rides on GO Transit, the Toronto Transit system and 12 other regional transit systems.

The Ministry of Transportation expects the games to draw 250-thousand people to Ontario and is counting on a 20 per cent drop in traffic to prevent significant delays on roads and highways linking the Games' 16 host municipalities.

The Transportation Ministry says a contractor will pay to fix a problem with signs marking temporary high-occupancy vehicle lanes in the Toronto region.

The lanes are to be used for the Pan Am Games and photographs from drivers show the signs peeling off the pavement along parts of the Queen Elizabeth Way.

A ministry statement says staff first noticed disintegration of the taped H-O-V diamond markings on Friday, and problems have also occurred at some locations on Highway 427 between the Q-E-W and Highway 401.

It says the problem will be fixed A-S-A-P but successful installation requires clean and dry pavement.