New Terminal Convenient For Students, Faculty And Staff
HAMILTON, ON, April 5 /CNW/ - The Ontario government, GO Transit and
McMaster University today celebrated the opening of a new GO bus terminal at
"The McGuinty government is making record investments in GO Transit,"
said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "This new terminal at McMaster
is just another example of how these investments are paying off. The new
terminal will ensure that GO can continue to serve more than 25,000 students,
staff and faculty and increase ridership."
"McMaster University has become a major destination for GO bus services,
and ridership is now comparable to some GO train stations. By working together
with the province and McMaster University we are improving and expanding
services for GO customers," said GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith.
The new accessible terminal includes five bus bays, three heated
shelters, and large platforms. It is located on campus between the Mary E.
Keyes Residence and H.G. Thode Library. The terminal will handle more than
2,000 rides per day.
"Improved public transportation options are key to easing gridlock," said
MPP for Hamilton West Judy Marsales. "By making bus and train travel more
attractive, fewer cars will be on the road, and we will improve the quality of
life for Ontarian families."
The province and GO Transit invested approximately $750,000 in the new
terminal. McMaster University invested $250,000 and will assume operational
costs. McMaster also relocated a central parking lot to accommodate the
"This terminal is one more step toward a sustainable campus; we're
pleased to partner with the province in getting this project off the ground,"
said Peter George, President of McMaster University. "It is a great asset to
the University and will encourage more students, faculty and staff to leave
their cars at home."
GO Transit's train and bus service moves more than 48 million riders
annually or about 195,000 passengers on a typical weekday. GO buses make
nearly 1,700 trips a day.
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For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Stephanie Sorensen, GO Transit, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5231; Public Inquiries,
(416) 869-3200 (GTA), 1-888-438-6646 toll free, 1-800-387-3652 TTY; Michelle
Donovan, McMaster University, (905) 525-9140 ext. 22869, firstname.lastname@example.org