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Record ridership for GO Transit in 1998

Attention News Editors:

Record ridership for GO Transit in 1998

TORONTO, Feb. 12, 1999 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, GO

Transit has set a ridership record. In 1998, GO Trains and GO Buses carried 35.95 million passengers, an increase of 4.4 percent over 1997’s ridership of 34.42 million, which had itself been the highest annual total to date. The biggest growth last year was in GO’s train service, and on its Union Station bus service that connects downtown Toronto with other train stations at times when the trains do not run. Annual ridership on just these two segments of GO’s service has risen by over 21 percent since 1995, from 23.78 million to 28.93 million. The 1998 statistics were presented to GO’s Board at its monthly meeting this morning. “We’re pleased we’re growing,” said GO Chairman Eldred King. “It shows how important GO Transit service is to the communities we serve. “It’s also a signal, though, that preserving and expanding GO service must be a priority in years to come in the Greater Toronto Area. All levels of government must work together to make sure that public transit is adequately funded to meet the transportation demands of the area.” King noted that GO will inevitably need to expand service significantly if ridership keeps growing as much as it has in the last three years. Some of the reasons for GO’s popularity in the past three years are: more express trains in last June’s service changes, which also added seating capacity on some trains; expansion of the Union Station bus service to attract new customers who need the flexibility of travelling one way by train and the other by bus; and the addition of a second rush-hour train on the Bradford line.

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