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GO Transit making changes to meet increased demand

Transmitted by CNW Group on : March 12, 2010 at 3:03 p.m.

TORONTO, March 12, 2010 /CNW/ - Beginning April 3, 2010, GO Transit is making several system-wide train and bus service changes to bring schedules in line with actual travel trip times and to meet the needs of our growing ridership across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

“More and more customers are using our service, and as a result, we have to adjust our schedules to accommodate them,” said Gary McNeil, GO Transit’s Managing Director. “As well, we have to balance our fiscal responsibility with our need to provide more service in higher demand areas.”

These service changes represent a comprehensive adjustment of train and bus service schedules. A number of factors have contributed to the need to update the GO system including:

  • the addition of new services that accommodate recent changes in customer travel patterns and ease congestion on busy routes, including the addition of a new westbound Lakeshore East morning train from Oshawa;
  • an expanded service network, increased ridership and added train capacity with the implementation of 12-car trains, which have had an impact on the published schedule versus the actual travel times;
  • a mandate to support a fully-integrated regional transportation system across the GTHA by optimizing services already being offered by our regional transit provider partners;
  • a system-wide review that identified opportunities where service resources across the region could be used more efficiently and effectively to better meet the needs of commuters across the region; and
  • a responsibility to provide continued high-level service in a fiscally responsible way.

GO Transit’s strategically-adjusted train and bus schedules, across all seven corridors, vary from minor changes to departure and arrival times, to significant service changes and additions.

Get more information about GO Transit’s service changes (http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/news/whatsnew.aspx) .

GO Transit is the Province of Ontario’s interregional public transit system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). GO carries nearly 55 million passengers a year in an extensive network of train and bus services that spans over 10,000 square kilometres. GO Transit is a division of Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario. Follow GO on Twitter and Facebook.

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