TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2008 /CNW/ - GO Transit celebrated international Car
Free Day today at Yonge-Dundas Square and provided information to hundreds of
people about the benefits of using public transit.
"We're committed to encouraging people to walk, bike, carpool, or take
transit to their local station," said GO Transit Managing Director Gary
McNeil. "Each year our riders help divert 1.7 billion vehicle kilometres of
auto traffic from congested roads."
During rush hour, one 12-car GO Train takes about 1,670 cars off the
road, while a single GO Bus can replace around 50 cars.
On Sunday, GO participated in Mississauga's Car Free Day event at the
Mississauga Civic Centre, sponsored by Smart Commute Mississauga, the Sierra
Club of Canada, and the City of Mississauga.
The event showcased one of GO's 78-seat double decker buses, a frequent
vehicle in the Square One GO Bus Terminal and on GO's Hwy. 403 and Hwy. 407
As one of the featured speakers, GO Board Member Lynda Palazzi spoke
about GO's green initiatives, as well as the ways that GO is making transit
more convenient for everyone.
"Getting people out of their cars and onto transit is a main priority.
Some of the work we're doing includes adding more service, more parking, and
new tracks, as well as new locomotives, bi-levels, and buses to meet growth
and reliability needs."
Other green GO initiatives include investing in hybrid bus technology,
new trains and buses that meet EPA 2007 (Environmental Protection Agency)
emission standards, fare integration partnerships with eight local transit
systems across the GTA, bike racks on buses, and new LEED (Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design) standards for some of our facilities.
For more information, check out www.carfreeday.ca, or 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 services that spans over 8,000 square kilometres.
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