GO says it aims to improve
Published: December 12th 2008
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GO Transit says it will invest an undetermined amount of money in
expanding and improving its rail service in southern Ontario over the
A new expansion plan called GO 2020, released Friday morning, maps out a
capital plan that calls for more train track to be built and owned by
the GO Transit.
Right now GO relies heavily on leasing track time from CN and CP Rail.
GO chairman Peter Smith said that is the principal cause of GO train
"This is a big step forward for GO Transit and its customers," Smith
said in a news release.
"We're committed to creating more responsive and sustainable transit
service for customers. GO 2020 is proof of that commitment and
represents a clear step in the right direction for the future of
Just how much it will actually cost to acquire the track lines is not
clear. GO said it will have a better idea after meeting with the
GO Transit also said it has made improvements to its on-time performance
in the past year.
GO officials said 92 per cent of its trains and buses arrive within five
minutes of their scheduled times — that's a six per cent improvement
over September 2007.
GO Transit, or the Greater Toronto Transit Authority, is an
interregional train and bus service that serves a population of six
million people in southern Ontario.
Currently GO carries 55 million passengers per year on its train and bus
services. It expects its ridership to double within Toronto, and to
triple outside Toronto, by 2020, it said.