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More good news for GO customers with Federal and Provincial funding announcement

TORONTO, April 3, 2009 /CNW/ - Improved stations, better infrastructure, and new facilities topped the list of improvements for GO Transit in today’s announcement by Canada’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure John Baird, Ontario Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley, and GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith. The announcement earmarked $250 million for a series of GO improvement projects, including station enhancements, new maintenance and storage facilities, new stations and stops, and improvements to GO infrastructure. This funding is part of the $500 million pledged for GO Transit by both levels of government in February this year.

GO Transit’s entire network will benefit from today’s announcement, with improvements coming to all regions of GO’s service area.

New stations and stops:

  • New second rail station in downtown Barrie at Allandale site (Simcoe)

New facilities:

  • New GO Bus storage facility in Aberfoyle (Wellington)
  • New GO Bus maintenance facility in Ajax (Durham)
  • New train fuelling facility at Aldershot GO Station (Halton)
  • Expansion of Streetsville GO Bus facility (Peel)

Station improvements:

  • South platform reconstruction at Clarkson GO Station (Peel)
  • Pedestrian tunnel extension and track work at Exhibition GO Station (Toronto)
  • New pedestrian bridges at Burlington GO Station (Halton)
  • Pedestrian bridge rehabilitation at Oriole GO Station (Toronto)
  • New platform and two shelters for Hwy. 407 East GO Bus service at Richmond Hill Centre Bus Terminal (York)
  • Yonge Street Bridge rehabilitation on the Barrie rail corridor in Aurora (York)
  • Platform snowmelt systems at Ajax (Durham) and Bronte GO Stations (Halton)
  • More bicycle shelter construction - additional 56 shelters across the GO system

More infrastructure, parking, and equipment:

  • Widening of the Credit River bridge and new second track on Georgetown rail corridor (Peel & Halton)
  • Purchase of 20 more bi-level railcars and refurbishment of older locomotives to improve their reliability
  • Installation of GPS on all GO Buses
  • Ongoing track maintenance and improvements throughout the GO rail network over the next five years

“This is a tremendous day for GO and public transit in general,” said GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith. “The improvements that will come from this funding will ultimately make the system better, more convenient, and more comfortable for our riders.”

For GO information, the public can call 416.869.3200, 1.888.GET ON GO (438.6646), or 1.800.387.3652 TTY.

GO Transit is the Province of Ontario’s interregional public transit system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). GO carries nearly 55 million passengers a year in an extensive network of train and bus services that spans over 8,000 square kilometres.


/For further information: Media enquiries, Vanessa Thomas, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5264; or Jessica Kosmack, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5231/