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GO Transit celebrates 40th anniversary

Four decades ago, Toronto’s GO Transit launched commuter-rail service as part of an experimental program. Today, the agency operates an extensive network of rail lines and bus routes, and carries more than 195,000 passengers each weekday.

On Wednesday, GO Transit marked its 40th anniversary by conducting a ceremony at Toronto’s Union Station. The event included video footage of the agency’s first train trip from Oakville station to Union Station, as well as speakers who reviewed the agency’s past, present and future. Among the milestones: launching bus service in September 1970, adding a fleet of bi-level rail cars the past few years and carrying the agency's 1 billionth passenger in late 2006.

Since 1967, GO Transit’s annual ridership has shot up from 2.5 million to 48.5 million.

For more information on GO Transit, see the cover story in Progressive Railroading’s May issue.

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