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Riders' eyes are smiling about their new Union Station GO Bus Terminal

TORONTO, March 17, 2003 /CNW/ - Commuters will benefit from a new GO Bus terminal at Union Station officially opened today by Transportation Minister Frank Klees, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister David Young, Municipal Affairs and Housing Associate Minister Tina Molinari, and GO Transit Chairman Dr. Gordon Chong.

The terminal, across from Union Station on Bay St., is the new home for GO’s Union Station buses which operate outside rush hour when GO Trains aren’t scheduled to run. In addition, QEW express buses that run between downtown Hamilton and downtown Toronto operate from the new terminal.

“The terminal greatly improves service for passengers who were using sidewalk bus stops on congested Front Street,” Klees said. “Convenience is key to getting commuters out of their cars and on transit. Our government recognizes transit as a key component of a balanced, integrated and efficient transportation system that will generate economic growth and prosperity in Ontario.”

GO Transit, with Provincial funding assistance, has invested about $9 million in the new terminal. With ticket sales and both covered and enclosed waiting areas in the terminal, commuting will be a more convenient and comfortable experience. The terminal also has seven bus-boarding areas and room for 13 buses, giving GO Transit opportunities to add more bus trips.

Customers using the new terminal this afternoon will be treated to a celebration of its opening with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, Irish music, shamrock chocolates, and a chance to win one of two gift certificates for a local Irish eatery.

“We’ve got plenty to celebrate here,” Chong said. “We’re giving thousands of riders a much more convenient and comfortable place to access our buses.”

About 7,300 weekday GO Transit customers are using the new facility. Chong says the Union Station buses have been among the fastest-growing GO services. “Ridership has grown 68% over the last five years,” he said.

The new terminal is on the site of the former CP Express building, which GO purchased in 2000. It stretches between Bay St. and Yonge St. just south of Front St. in downtown Toronto, and will be connected to Union Station through a new stairway and elevator to one of the train platforms.

“It’s a central location that makes our customers’ lives easier and makes us more efficient,” Chong said.

For further information: Media enquiries - Karen Majerly, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5325, or Edmund Shea, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5328