GO Riders Get New Stop On Stouffville Line



    
    McGuinty Government Supports Lincolnville GO Station to Better Serve
    Commuters
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    A new Lincolnville GO Station will make it easier for commuters in
Stouffville and Uxbridge to get to where they need to be.
    The new station features a bus loop, kiss & ride, and a 150-car parking
lot. The $5.5 million project also includes shelters, security cameras, ticket
vending machines, and telephones.
    Trains begin running from the new Lincolnville station on Tuesday,
September 2. The station will also serve GO Bus riders and is fully
accessible.

    QUOTES

    "With improvements like the Lincolnville Station, we are making it easier
for people to leave their cars at home and take transit. Supporting public
transit is part of our plan to combat congestion and climate change," said
Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley.
    "This new station gives residents in this growing area another viable
transit option," said GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith. "Investing in new
stations and services is essential to creating sustainable, long-term growth
across the GO system."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   On a typical weekday, GO Transit takes more than 90,000 cars off the
        road. Every GO train reduces the number of cars on the road by
        1,400 or more. Every GO bus takes up to 50 cars off the road.
    -   GO Transit has a plan to make every train station accessible to
        passengers who use mobility devices by 2015.
    -   This is the seventh new train station GO Transit has opened since
        2003.
    

    LEARN MORE

    View schedules and other information about Lincolnville Station
(http://www.gotransit.com/publicroot/en/station/station.aspx?station=LCGO).
    Learn about Go Green
(http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/air/climatechange/ourplan.php), Ontario's Action
Plan on Climate Change.
    Read more news from GO Transit
(http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/news/whatsnew.htm).

    
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    BACKGROUNDER
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                       GO TRANSIT SERVICE IS EXPANDING
                     A Summary of Improvements Since 2003

    GO Transit

    -   GO Transit began in 1967 and carried 2.5 million passengers in the
        first year of service. Today, GO carries more than 51 million
        passengers each year.

    -   On a typical weekday, GO runs 181 train trips and 2,050 bus trips
        that carry 205,000 passengers - 170,000 passengers on the trains and
        35,000 by bus.

    -   GO Transit runs seven train lines, radiating from Union Station west
        to Hamilton and east to Oshawa along the Lakeshore line; and north to
        Milton, Georgetown, Barrie, Richmond Hill and Stouffville.

    -   GO buses reach riders as far as 100 kilometres from downtown Toronto.
        GO connects its riders to every municipal transit system in the
        Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas.

    A Greener Transportation Option

    -   During rush hour, the average automobile driven in the Toronto-area
        carries 1.1 people. One 10-car GO Train can carry nearly as many
        people as 1,400 cars, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.

    -   One GO bus full of passengers is equivalent to taking 50 cars off the
        roads.

    -   On a typical weekday, GO Transit takes more than 90,000 cars off the
        road.

    McGuinty Government's Investments in GO Transit

    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested $1.8 billion in GO
Transit to improve service and expand routes. Here's what has been happening
at GO since the McGuinty government began investing in GO Transit again:

    More GO Train Stations

    Since 2003, seven train stations have opened:

    -   Lisgar Station on the Milton line
    -   East Gwillimbury Station on the Bradford line
    -   Barrie South Station
    -   Mount Pleasant Station on the Georgetown line
    -   Kennedy Station on the Stouffville line
    -   Milliken Station on the Stouffville line
    -   Lincolnville Station on the Stouffville line.

    More GO Train Service

    -   In December 2007, GO began weekday train service between Barrie and
        Union Station. More than 12,000 riders take the train each weekday.

    -   GO has extended the length of its trains from 10 to 12 passenger cars
        on the Milton line and can now carry an additional 300 people per
        trip.

    -   A new rail overpass was completed on the Barrie line in December
        2006, eliminating delays caused by conflicts with freight trains.

    -   A new rail underpass is substantially complete on the Stouffville
        line, reducing delays caused by conflict with freight trains.

    New GO Trains and Buses:

    Since 2003, GO has put into service new rail cars and buses that are
modern, accessible, more fuel efficient and can carry more passengers:

    -   70 new bi-level railcars can carry seven million more passengers a
        year

    -   27 new fuel-efficient MP40 locomotives can pull 12 cars instead of
        10, adding capacity for 300 more passengers per car, or 30,000 every
        day once all 27 new locomotives are in service. At present, 12-car
        trains are operating on the Milton line - eventually all lines will
        be served by 12-car trains.

    -   60 new buses that are accessible, making it easier for riders to take
        GO

    -   12 double-decker buses can each seat 78 passengers - 21 more than a
        standard GO bus.

    More GO Bus Terminals

    Since 2004, three new bus terminals have opened:

    -   Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga
    -   University of Guelph Campus
    -   McMaster University Campus in Hamilton.

    More GO Bus Service

    -   GO Transit has added 500 new bus trips a day, providing capacity for
        25,000 more passengers.

    -   Buses now carry more passengers, more frequently on routes using
        Highway 407. These routes serve six institutions of higher learning,
        from the University of Guelph in the west to the University of
        Ontario Institute of Technology-Durham College in the east, as well
        as other points.

    -   Improved bus service on the Milton Corridor extending to the
        University of Guelph makes it easier for passengers to travel on
        weekends and holidays.

    More GO Parking Lots and Spaces

    GO Transit has added eight new parking lots since 2003.

    -   Aberfoyle
    -   Barrie South
    -   Bowmanville
    -   East Gwillimbury
    -   Lisgar (Mississauga)
    -   Milliken
    -   Mount Pleasant
    -   Square One (Mississauga)

    GO has added 10,345 new parking spaces.

    -   3,755 spaces at the eight new parking lots
    -   6,590 spaces added to 18 existing lots

    Improvements to Union Station

    GO Transit has embarked on an extensive renewal program of its facilities
at Union Station and the tracks to this historic station. Work completed
includes:

    -   GO is modernizing the 70-year-old signal system so it can run more
        trains and improve service reliability at Union Station. So far,
        46 of 100 old signals have been replaced.

    -   A new covered walkway connects GO's bus terminal with Union Station.

    -   New entry and exit stairways reduce crowding; new signboards with
        real time arrival and departure times better inform riders.

    GO Reliability Improvements

    -   GO trains increased on-time arrivals to 91% from 83%, the latest
        available statistics (May 2008 compared to May 2007) show.

    -   GO buses increased on-time arrivals to 99.5% from 99.0%, the latest
        available statistics (May 2008 compared to May 2007) show.

    GO Continues to Grow

    Since 2003, more than six and a half million more riders a year are taking
GO Transit.

    Annual Ridership            % Change from Previous Year
    2003    44,296,900                    0.4 percent
    2004    45,031,300                    1.7 percent
    2005    46,832,900                    4.0 percent
    2006    48,292,000                    3.1 percent
    2007    50,986,000                    5.6 percent

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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