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GO Transit mixes, matches schedules, consists to meet demand


Greater Toronto Transit Authority (GO Transit) recently juggled schedules and rolling stock to accommodate increased service demand.

GO Transit early this month added trains to schedules on its Bradford and Georgetown lines, as well as an afternoon rush hour express train for east Toronto and the Durham Region. Adding one express train is the equivalent of adding an expressway lane out of Toronto, said officials in a prepared statement.

"We always need more GO trains," said Roger Anderson, Durham Region chairman and GO Transit board member. "I’m sure we’ll fill up this express train very quickly."

But the agency doesn’t have nearly enough cars to accommodate the increased demand. Some schedule juggling has enabled the agency to add service without adding more rolling stock to the tracks it already shares with freight, VIA Rail and other GO trains.

One new train added to the fleet could be called a "Frankenstein" train: it’s made up of a locomotive and six passenger cars leased from British Columbia’s West Coast Express and South Florida’s Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority.

But help is on the way.

The agency has 20 passenger rail cars on order, scheduled to be delivered a few at a time between December 2001 and July 2002.

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