The $125-million infrastructure investment will add 8,000 seats
TORONTO: GO Transit is expanding its rail fleet by buying 50 bi-level passenger coaches. The $125-million purchase means GO Transit will have room for an additional 8,000 commuters a day by 2012.
“There is a major demand for GO to increase its train services, from both a customer service and ridership perspective,” said GO Transit president Gary McNeil. “We need to add new trains and lengthen our existing trains so more bi-level coaches are required now.”
The vehicles, supplied by Thunder Bay manufacturer Bombardier, will be ready for service beginning in late 2011 and early 2012, GO Transit said. The order will bring the bi-level coach fleet to 565 coaches. Once in service, the coaches will provide an additional 8,000 seats. Production is scheduled to begin in June, with the first delivery of coaches to arrive in fall 2011.
GO Transit is Ontario’s interregional public transit system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). GO carries nearly 57 million passengers a year.