Last weekend to ride GO Train to Niagara Falls - service ends October 12

TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2009 /CNW/ - Visitors to Niagara Falls will be able to take in the changing fall colours by GO Train for one last weekend as GO Transit wraps up its seasonal weekend and holiday service to the Niagara Region on Thanksgiving weekend.

So far, more than 40,000 travelers have taken the GO Train from Toronto to Niagara Falls or from the Niagara Region to Toronto since the seasonal excursion service launched on June 27. "Weekend GO rail service is a great boost for Niagara region's travel and hospitality industry. It brings more tourist dollars to the area and increases employment. Building better public transit benefits our economy, our communities and our environment," said Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley.

GO Trains will operate in both directions four times daily in each direction Saturday, October 10 to Monday October 12.

"GO Transit was pleasantly surprised with the large number of customers who chose to use the GO Train this summer when travelling between Toronto and Niagara," said Gary McNeil, Managing Director of GO Transit and Executive Vice President of Metrolinx. "We look forward to continuing service for the Niagara Region with our daily bus service."

The two-hour trip runs between Union Station in downtown Toronto, Port Credit GO Station, Oakville GO Station, Burlington GO Station, St. Catharines VIA Rail station, and Niagara Falls VIA Rail station. An adult single ride fare from Union Station to Niagara Falls costs $15.90.

GO's service to the Niagara Region offers visitors another alternative to driving to this popular destination area. To make it convenient for weekend and holiday outings, families and groups travelling to or from Niagara Falls have the option of staying overnight on a Group Pass.

Visit the Niagara Falls page at gotransit.com for more information, including fare and schedule information and details about connections to local transit and attractions.

GO also recently began year-round weekday and weekend bus service to Niagara Falls on September 5. GO also encourages people to take this bus service between Niagara Falls VIA Rail station and Burlington GO Station with stops in Stoney Creek, Grimsby, and St. Catharines. Bus fares are the same as the train fares and a full schedule is available at gotransit.com.

For specific train and bus schedule information, the public can call 416.869.3200, 1.888.GO ON GO (438.6646), or 1.800.387.3652 TTY, or check the Schedules section at 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 nearly 55 million passengers a year in an extensive network of train and bus services that spans over 10,000 square kilometres. GO Transit is a division of Metrolinx.

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SOURCE GO Transit

For further information: For further information: Media enquiries - Vanessa Thomas, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5264

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