New Modern Buses Increase Accessibility, Encourage Public Transit
TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - The Ontario government has replaced 20 aging
GO Transit buses with new more environmentally-friendly vehicles,
Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield and GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith
"This is great news for commuters," said Cansfield. "These are the first
20 of 60 buses purchased earlier this year. Fleet renewal is key to retaining
ridership and encouraging more Ontarians to take public transit."
"Besides helping to improve the environment, these new buses will be much
more reliable than the old ones," said Smith. "They're also longer and have
more seats, so we can carry more customers."
The province and GO Transit have invested about $35 million in the 60 new
buses. Motor Coach Industries of Winnipeg, Manitoba are manufacturing the
buses. The new buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and provide excellent
fuel economy and fewer emissions, which means accessibility and cleaner air
for everyone. The remaining buses will arrive over the next two years.
"GO Transit is the back-bone of the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area's
transit system, said GTTA Chair Rob MacIsaac. "These new buses represent an
investment in better mobility for the 5.5 million people living in this
"When we look at solutions to congestion, accommodating growth, keeping
goods and people moving safely and efficiently, they must be sustainable
solutions. It is crucial that we support and encourage sustainable
transportation choices," added Cansfield.
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 more
than 1,500 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