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Province Expands GO Transit Fleet with New Train Cars

Web posted on January 24, 2014

Ontario is supporting jobs in Thunder Bay and improving public transit by purchasing 65 new bi-level GO Train cars from Bombardier. Bi-level cab cars and passenger coaches have been part of GO Transit's fleet since 1978 and are manufactured by Bombardier in Thunder Bay the only Canadian manufacturer of commuter rail coaches.

"We are pleased to provide Metrolinx with additional Bombardier bi-level coaches for GO Transit and welcome our customer's renewed confidence in the products we deliver. We are also proud of our successful customer relationship with Metrolinx and GO Transit." Comments Aaron Rivers, Vice President, Bombardier Transportation Thunder Bay Business Unit.

The order will increase GO Transit's fleet of train cars to 743, and is an important step toward introducing two-way, all-day service on all seven GO rail lines as part of The Big Move. About 250 workers will work on the $481 million order, which will be delivered between June 2016 and July 2017.

"This significant investment supports our manufacturing sector and stimulates the economy in northern Ontario while enabling more people to choose public transit." States Glen R. Murray, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure.

Since 2003, the Ontario government has purchased 382 GO Train cars, added 10 new GO stations and 28,600 parking spots across the system. To date the Ontario government has invested more than $19.3 billion in public transit in Ontario, including $9.1 billion in GO Transit.

Investing in northern communities and improving public transit is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.