GO Transit Service Is Expanding



    TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ -

    
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                     A Summary of Improvements Since 2003

                                                             August 22, 2008

    GO Transit

    -   GO Transit began in 1967 and carried 2.5 million passengers in the
        first year of service. Today, GO carries more than 50 million
        passengers each year.

    -   On a typical weekday, GO runs 181 train trips and 1,800 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, six 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.

    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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