GO Transit sets record with more than 2,000 bus trips daily



    TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2008 /CNW/ - GO Transit reached a new milestone this
month, surpassing 2,000 bus trips on an average weekday. This marks a
significant achievement as GO continues to expand its network to offer more
frequent, more widespread transit options for passengers.
    "This accomplishment was the result of the combined effort of our bus
drivers, fleet, maintenance, supervisors, and staff," said GO Transit Managing
Director Gary McNeil. "Our ability to effectively offer such a broad range of
services across the GTA and surrounding regions is great news for GO and our
passengers."
    Ridership across the GO Bus network has grown about 8% since last year,
and is expected to continue. While about 450 bus trips serve Union Station
each weekday, it's the increasing need for bus services outside downtown
Toronto that is driving much of the growth. The Hwy. 407 GO Bus service
continues to experience the highest increases, with weekday ridership up more
than 20% from last year. More frequent service along this route, along with
the growing York University market, have helped make this service one of GO's
busiest.
    GO Transit has more than 360 buses in its fleet, with additional buses on
order, including some hybrid models. Some of the new buses will replace older
models, while others will be used to add new trips and improve service. The
fleet also includes 12 double decker buses, with more on order, helping to
increase capacity along the busy Hwy. 407 and Hwy. 403 routes.
    GO has also recently added several new bus routes and expanded service on
existing routes to meet demand across the region. The previous milestone of
1,500 trips per day was reached in 2005.
    For more information about GO services, the public can call 416.869.3200,
1.888.GET ON GO (438.6646), 1.800.387.3652 TTY, or check gotransit.com.

    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 more than 51 million passengers a year in an extensive
network of train and bus service that spans over 8,000 square kilometres.

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