GO celebrates 40 years of success


    TORONTO, May 23, 2007 /CNW/ - GO Transit is celebrating its 40th
anniversary. This milestone will be recognized with a special ceremony at 10
a.m. in the Great Hall, Union Station. Ontario's Minister of Transportation,
Donna Cansfield, and GO spokespersons will speak about the past, present, and
future accomplishments of GO Transit.
    As part of the tribute to GO's 40 years of success, the ceremony will
commence with video footage of the first GO Transit train trip. On May 23,
1967, the first GO Train departed Oakville station for Toronto's Union
Station. Forty years later, Union station still thrives as the hub of GO
Transit service, with more than 150,000 commuters passing through the GO
concourse every weekday. The celebration in Union Station holds extra-special
significance, as it was the destination of GO's first train.
    GO Transit's past is filled with many memorable moments, from the launch
of GO Bus service in September 1970, to the creation of the innovative
bi-level railcars, to the more recent celebration of the billionth passenger.
    "It's wonderful to be able to thank all the people who have contributed
to our success and continue to enhance our service," says Peter Smith, GO
Transit's Chairman. Many of GO's pioneering employees will be attending,
including GO's first Managing Director, Bill Howard, adding a touch of
sentiment to the ceremony. Going along with this theme, attendees can also
enjoy a gallery of historical photographs from GO's early years that will be
on display.
    "I am honoured to be here to celebrate this milestone," says Ontario
Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "The McGuinty government has made
record investments in GO Transit. Since 2003, we have invested $1.8 billion in
GO Transit, including $457 million this year, to improve and expand GO service
for commuters."
    Starting out as a three-year experiment in 1967, GO Transit has grown
from a single rail line into an extensive network of train and bus service
that carries over 195,000 passengers on an average weekday. Since 1967, annual
ridership has increased from 2.5 million to 48.5 million, and the system now
has 56 train stations and 14 bus terminals. GO continues to grow and expand
its extensive service network, with many new projects and plans already in
motion.
    GO Transit is recognizing its customers, the Government of Canada, the
Province of Ontario, the Greater Toronto Area municipalities, industry
partners, and employees past and present, for their continued support and
loyalty over the years.
    GO will also be holding a customer appreciation event today prior to the
40th anniversary ceremony. Starting at 6:30 a.m. in Union Station's GO
concourse, staff volunteers will be handing out giveaways to thank commuters
during morning rush hour.




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