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GO Transit marks 45th anniversary


Yesterday, GO Transit celebrated its 45th anniversary. The Ontario agency has served riders in the greater Toronto and Hamilton areas since 1967.

Over the years, GO Transit’s ridership has continued to grow, from the 8,000 passengers who used the service on the inaugural day to the 219,000 riders the agency now averages each weekday.

Continued service expansion has been the biggest ridership-growth factor. In 1967, GO Transit served 14 stations and operated along nearly 60 miles of track on two Lakeshore lines. Today, the rail network includes 62 stations over seven rail corridors covering 275 miles of track. Passengers can use the system to connect with downtown Toronto from cities as far away as Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Barrie, Richmond Hill, Stouffville and Oshawa.

Since 2009, GO Transit has been an operating division of Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. The agency introduced bus service in 1970.

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