TORONTO, March 9, 2009 /CNW/ - GO Transit will soon be adding two new
weekday trains on the Milton line. This will be the first new rail service to
Milton since 2002.
One train will be added in the morning, arriving at Union Station shortly
after 9:00 a.m. The second train will be added in the evening, departing Union
Station just after 5:30 p.m. The new trips will be in service as early as
The new morning trip will give customers the benefit of a slightly later
morning arrival time at Union Station and will also give train-bus riders the
opportunity to travel by rail.
Milton is the third busiest rail line in the GO network, with about
27,000 daily riders.
"During peak-periods over 80% of Milton line train trips are carrying
more than 1,500 people, and several of these often operate over seated
capacity," said GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith. "More service means more
customers have a seat and additional travel options."
Since May 2008, GO Transit has been accommodating Milton's growing
ridership by using its powerful MP40 locomotives to increase train lengths
from 10 to 12 cars. Two extra railcars make room for 300 more people. Every
12-car train can hold approximately 1,900 customers, which means 1,670 fewer
cars on the road.
GO's Milton train service operates on Canadian Pacific Railway's (CPR)
tracks. CPR will provide the crews for these new trips.
To find out more about how GO is growing, the public can call
416.869.3200, 1.888.GET ON GO (438.6646), or 1.800.387.3652 TTY, or check the
GO Grows 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 8,000 square kilometres.
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