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Expanding GO Transit In Richmond Hill

McGuinty Government Building Better Public Transit, Creating Jobs

A new GO station and more parking spaces will make it easier for commuters in Richmond Hill and Markham to take public transit and create about 1,000 jobs.

The Richmond Hill GO transit line is being extended to a new station in Gormley. This will expand GO Train service for commuters and visitors north of the existing Richmond Hill Station. Construction is set to begin this fall with the station expected to open in late 2013.

In addition, more than 500 new parking spaces will be added at the Richmond Hill GO station. Construction is scheduled to begin in August and once complete, it will benefit more than 2,300 commuters who use this station on a daily basis.

Work is also scheduled to begin this month to add over 500 additional parking spaces at the Mount Joy GO Station, as well as a new entrance to the parking lot at Highway 48. Once complete in November, the upgrades will benefit 1,300 commuters who use this station on a daily basis.

Richmond Hill commuters are now able to use PRESTO to travel between multiple transit systems using a single card. PRESTO is expected to be ready for GO users at Mount Joy and Markham stations by the end of the month. PRESTO allows commuters to transfer seamlessly with one card across multiple transit systems in the GTHA.

Updating Ontario’s roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.

QUOTES

“Our government is committed to improving public transit. We’re adding more parking and a new GO station to make room for more commuters in Richmond Hill. Better public transit means a better quality of life for Ontario families.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation

“Additional parking spaces at the Mount Joy GO station will improve the commuter experience while the expansion of the GO line from Richmond Hill to Gormley will give greater public transit access to my constituents in Oak Ridges-Markham.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham

“Making public transit a more convenient option for commuters has been a long-standing goal of our government. The commitment to add more parking at the Newkirk GO station in Richmond Hill will encourage people to take public transit and make their commuting lives easier.”
— Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill

QUICK FACTS

· A new layover facility will also be built at Bethesda Road and will include storage for six GO Trains.

· More than 42,000 commuters are using their PRESTO fare cards across the GTHA.

LEARN MORE

Get more information about GO Transit.

Find out how PRESTO cards make it easier for commuters to take public transit.

CONTACT

Kelly Baker, Minister’s Office, 416-327-1815
Bob Nichols, Communications, 416-327-1158

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