January 10, 2002

Transit increases express bus service in York Region


NEWMARKET GO Transit has added new express bus service for commuters in both Newmarket and Aurora, making it both easier and more convenient to travel to both Union Station and the York Region (Finch) Bus Terminal.

"Every new initiative by GO Transit is a benefit for commuters in York Region, who appreciate the convenience of public transit for their daily commute," said York Regional Chair Bill Fisch, who is also a GO Transit board member. "The new express bus service compliments GO's morning and evening train service, which continues to be a popular choice for York Region travellers. GO Transit and the Region of York are both committed to making public transit a high priority for our commuters."

Yesterday, GO Transit added two new southbound Newmarket B express buses departing from the Newmarket Bus Terminal weekdays at 6:45 a.m. and 7:15 a.m., and arriving at the York Region Bus Terminal at 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Buses will run express to Finch on Bathurst Street, freeing up seats for passengers boarding the existing local buses on Yonge Street.

In addition, four more express bus trips will run weekdays between Aurora and Newmarket and Union Station in Toronto, providing passengers more travel options outside rush hour when the trains are not running. New southbound bus trips will leave the Newmarket Bus Terminal at 10:35 a.m. and 12:35 p.m., serve Newmarket and Aurora GO stations, then continue express to Union Station. New northbound buses will depart Union at 12:20 p.m. and 2:20 p.m., running express to Aurora and Newmarket.

In addition to three trains in each direction every weekday, Newmarket and Aurora GO station passengers now have eight bus trips to or from Union Station.

On a typical weekday, GO's trains and buses carry 160,000 people the equivalent of 133,000 car trips. That represents more than an 8 per cent increase from last year. In 2001, GO carried more than 44 million passengers.

The Regional Municipality of York provides many essential services, including Police Services, Ambulance, Health Services, Public Transit, Regional Roads, Solid Waste Disposal, Water and Wastewater, Regional Planning and Growth Management, Social Assistance, Children and Family Services, and Housing. York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville. For more information, visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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