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6% increase in GO ridership since last year: Metrolinx

TAAG also calls for transparency.



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Ridership on GO Transit and UP Express has increased by six per cent, Metrolinx said on Friday and the Transit Action Alliance of Guelph wants the province to make public their plans to two-way, all day GO train service between Toronto and Guelph.

Metrolinx reported April rail ridership is up six per cent over the same month last year. The agency carried 6.4 million people in April 2019, with 5.1 million of that ridership on GO Transit buses and trains, a press release said.

A huge contributor to the growth of ridership is the extra service added. From April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, there was an almost 14 per cent increase in rail service on GO. That meant 292 more weekly trips.

The data shows the growth in midday ridership on the Lakeshore lines, the workhorses of the GO network, where service is about every 15 minutes all day long, Metrolinx officials said.

TAAG board member Steven Petric told The Post that ridership has slowly increased year over year since the launch of GO train service from Guelph to Toronto in 2011 and that the addition train added to the schedule this year has given freedom to commuters.

However, Petric said that the non-profit transit advocacy organization wants transparency around the province’s plans for the future of transit in the area.

“TAAG strongly encourages the Government of Ontario and Metrolinx to make public their updated plans for two-way, all day GO Train service between Toronto and Kitchener, via Guelph, and keep their promise to increase service to our region by 2024.”