GO looks at new Bowmanville and Milton services; continues to build stronger fleet

    TORONTO, April 7, 2009 /CNW/ - GO Transit riders can look forward to more
potential travel options and a bigger, better fleet, thanks to new initiatives
being presented at GO's monthly Board of Directors meeting this Thursday,
April 9.
    GO will begin two environmental assessments (EAs) that will look at
expanding GO rail service into new communities. The first will look at
extending GO Train service from Oshawa to Bowmanville on the Lakeshore East
line. The EA will look at additional track requirements, a station location,
layover facilities, and other infrastructure to accommodate this extension.
    The Milton line is also being considered for more service. GO will
undertake an EA to look at expanding to all-day service along this busy
corridor, between Union Station and Milton GO Station. The EA will look at the
possibility of adding two tracks along this line, as well as any required
infrastructure. Both EAs will begin this summer, with completion scheduled for
spring 2010.
    Continuing its focus on expanding and modernizing its fleet of trains and
buses, GO Transit is buying 25 new bi-level passenger railcars from
Bombardier. The new railcars will be delivered by May 2010, bringing the total
in GO's fleet to 482. The new railcars will collectively carry more than 4,000
passengers and be used primarily to expand Lakeshore East and West service
with more 12-car trains, capable of carrying about 20% more passengers than
10-car trains.
    Adding longer trains into service also requires more of GO's more
powerful MP40 locomotives. As a result, GO is exercising its option to buy 10
more MP40 locomotives with delivery starting in late 2010. New locomotives
provide added capacity, are more powerful and reliable, and meet the latest
environmental emission standards.
    "Continuing to build a more reliable and responsive transit system is a
top priority," said GO Transit Managing Director Gary McNeil. "These proposed
service improvements and additions to our fleet will help us achieve that
    All of these service and fleet improvements are highlighted in GO
Transit's Strategic Plan, GO 2020, and are part of GO's vision for better,
expanded service across its network. For more information, visit the
Publications page at gotransit.com.
    For GO information, the public can call 416.869.3200, 1.888.GET ON GO
(438.6646), or 1.800.387.3652 TTY.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries - Vanessa Thomas, (416)
869-3600 ext. 5264, or Jessica Kosmack, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5231

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