TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2008 /CNW/ - To help meet growing ridership needs
across the system, GO Transit added more than 800 new parking spaces this week
at two of its stations. Burlington GO Station now has about 600 more spaces
with the opening of a new, multi-level parking structure, while an expansion
at Barrie South GO Station added more than 200 spaces.
"Improving the way customers get to our stations is key to our success,"
said GO Transit Managing Director Gary McNeil. "Increasing our parking
capacity, working closely with local transit agencies, and improving
pedestrian and cycling access to our stations are some of the ways we're doing
Burlington GO Station's multi-level parking structure, the first of its
kind for GO, increases the station's capacity to more than 2,100 spaces and
provides high-density parking at an already busy station. The structure is
located in the north parking lot and will have an elevator available to
service all levels.
Since opening in December, the Barrie station has seen ridership grow by
almost 45%, with the existing parking lot filled to capacity. This parking
expansion brings the total number of spaces to nearly 700, providing more
options for riders using this station. The additional parking, along with a
new station building to be completed later this year, will help meet the needs
of this growing community.
GO Transit has added more than 10,000 parking spaces since 2003, while
ridership during that time has grown from about 45 million passengers annually
to more than 51 million.
For more information on GO parking, the public can call 416.869.3200,
1.888.GET ON GO (438.6646), 1.800.387.3652 TTY, visit the Parking section at
gotransit.com, or check the Get to and from GO section for other ways to get
to your GO station.
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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