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Regular GO service will run during TTC strike

TORONTO, March 31, 2005 /CNW/ - The TTC may be on strike as early as tomorrow. GO Transit will provide the best possible regular service for its existing customers while trying to accommodate more passengers.

GO will run weekday and weekend trains and buses as usual, although riders can expect crowds and some delays at Union Station.

Because GO is already stretched to capacity, it will not be adding any trains.

Some bus service will be adjusted to meet passenger demand. GO expects lower ridership on some bus routes that connect with the TTC, since people will not be able to continue onto the TTC.

Where practical, GO will take buses from these routes and run them on other routes that become overcrowded. However, passengers should have no more than a minor delay on bus routes with reduced service.

As there will be more people riding its system, GO recommends that passengers get to their station early to find parking and buy tickets. If possible, people should take local transit, walk, get a ride, or carpool to the station. Customers should also buy multi-ride tickets in advance.

“People should be prepared, just in case,” said GO’s Chairman, Dr. Gordon Chong. “Of course, we hope there won’t be a strike, but if there is, we urge our passengers to be patient and ride it out with us.”

For GO schedules and fares, the public can call 416 869-3200 in the Toronto local calling area, 1 888 GET ON GO (438-6646) long distance toll free, or 1 800 387-3652 for TTY teletypewriters only, or check the GO website at www.gotransit.com.

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For further information: Media enquiries - Stephanie Sorensen, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5231; or Edmund Shea, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5328




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