More GO trains ordered to support continued expansion

TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - In order to enable continued growth and increased ridership across the entire GO Transit network, Metrolinx has placed an order with Bombardier for 65 new GO Train (bi-level) coaches with two options for an additional 75 coaches. The total investment for the order, including options, is $481 million.

"Metrolinx continues to expand transit to provide more people with the opportunity to get to their destinations more efficiently and more comfortably," said Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx President and CEO. "We're addressing congestion in the GTHA through our numerous projects and increasing travel options for residents in the GTHA."

"More and more people are using GO Transit and that trend has grown consistently over the last several years," said Greg Percy, GO Transit President. "These new GO Train coaches will allow us to continue meeting our growth needs and support our plans for eventual two-way, all-day service on all of our rail lines."

The Bombardier bi-levels coaches have been used by GO Transit since 1978 and have demonstrated great reliability and comfort for GO Transit customers over their lifetime.

The base order of 65 coaches will be delivered between June 2016 and July 2017 and will be manufactured in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Once delivered, GO Transit will have a total of 743 coaches in service allowing GO the capacity and flexibility to add or enhance service across our busiest routes.

Metrolinx is working to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with a transportation system that is modern, efficient and integrated. Find out more about The Big Move, Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan for the GTHA. Find out more about GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express, divisions of Metrolinx.

SOURCE Metrolinx

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