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GO Transit Ridership up by More Than One Million

TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - The Ontario government and GO Transit announced today that GO ridership has increased by over one million customers - or 6.5 per cent - during the first six months of 2004. Since 2000, ridership has increased on average, by about 3.5 per cent annually.

“Our investments are paying off,” said Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar. “We’re making GO Transit more convenient and reliable. These are the kind of improvements that are making transit the first choice for more commuters.”

Improvements that are attracting more GO riders include:

  • Adding 11 new passenger railcars with over 1,400 additional seats
  • Adding 22 new buses to make room for 4,600 more riders every day
  • Adding 43 new wheelchair accessible buses to GO Transit’s fleet to accommodate growing ridership and increase accessibility
  • Adding 500 new parking spaces to the system - bringing the total to about 43,000 parking spaces

In 2004-05 Ontario’s commitment to GO Transit is approximately $258 million. This will help to fund the operating and capital needs of GO Transit.

“Transit really is the only way to go,” said GO Transit Chairman Dr. Gordon Chong. “GO Transit’s increase in ridership shows that commuters recognize and appreciate the convenience of transit and are making it their vehicle of choice.

“Traffic congestion slows our economy and the daily commute for thousands of drivers,” Takhar added. “These improvements are making transit an excellent option for commuters.”

GO Transit carries more than 45 million riders annually, and ridership is expected to double within the next 20 to 30 years. A safe and efficient transit system is key to building strong communities in Ontario.