TORONTO, June 14, 2007 /CNW/ - GO Transit is adding to its fleet with the
purchase of 27 new locomotives from MotivePower Industries. Ontario's Minister
of Transportation, Donna Cansfield, and GO's Managing Director & CEO, Gary
McNeil, showed a prototype of the new equipment to media this morning at GO's
Willowbrook rail maintenance facility.
"The McGuinty government's investments in public transit are getting
results and we are proud to present these new locomotives," said Cansfield.
"They can carry more railcars, making room for at least 300 additional
passengers, and are more powerful, more fuel-efficient and environmentally
The new locomotives, very different in appearance from traditional, boxy
train equipment, will start arriving this fall, and will gradually be put into
service on GO's Lakeshore East, Lakeshore West, and Milton lines. Station
platforms on these lines are being lengthened to accommodate the longer
trains. The contract with MotivePower Industries includes an option for 26
more locomotives, and GO plans to eventually replace its entire fleet.
Please visit the Info for the Media page on GO Transit's website for more
detailed information about the new locomotives:
http://www.gotransit.com/PUBLIC/news/mediainfo.htm. High-resolution photos are
also available for download.
GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's interregional public transit
system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto
Area (GTA). GO carries over 48 million passengers a year in an extensive
network of train and bus services. The average Toronto car carries only
1.16 people, so one 10-car GO Train carries the same number of people as 1,400
air-polluting cars, and one 12-car train will be able to replace 1,650 cars.
One GO Bus can replace more than 50 cars. Choosing GO is one way residents can
contribute to a healthier GTA.
For further information:
For further information: Media enquiries - Stephanie Sorensen, (416)
869-3600 ext. 5231; or Edmund Shea, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5328