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Second GO Train to Serve Bradford Line

Attention News Editors:


    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ -
 At its monthly meeting yesterday, GO 
Transit's Board approved a second train to Bradford, pending final 
negotiations with Canadian National Railway. This would give GO's 
Bradford line passengers the choice of two trains in both the morning
and evening rush hours, beginning September 8, 1998.
    Since January 1996, ridership on the weekday Bradford line has 
increased by 37% to about 2,100 passengers a day. The line serves the
communities of Maple, King City, Aurora, Newmarket, and Bradford.
    "We have recognized for a while now that many potential Bradford 
line customers don't use our service because of the single train 
schedule," says GO Chairman Eldred King. ``We're now in a position to
give existing customers a second choice, and offer new customers a 
more convenient commute."
    Because GO Transit's share of costs on the Bradford line has 
increased in recent years as other rail traffic has substantially 
decreased, adding a second GO Train will have a relatively small 
effect on GO's proportion of the costs. Within two years, the second 
train is forecast to increase corridor ridership by 40% to 60%.
    In the next two weeks, GO will survey its present Bradford line
passengers about preferred train times. The new schedule will have to
be finalized with CN.
    GO Transit is also considering adding a station on that line in 
north Toronto, in the Downsview area, and will work with the City of 
Toronto to determine a location.


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