Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ridership continues to grow at GO Transit

TORONTO - GO Transit has had a “phenomenal” growth in ridership, a Metrolinx meeting heard on Thursday.

In the last five years ridership has risen from 48,000 to 58,000 a day, said Gary McNeil with the board of Metrolinx.

“We have had an amazing increase in ridership and it continues to grow. Ridership is up by 6%,” McNeil said.

GO had a 96% of on-time performance in the last two months.

“That is very impressive. Mother nature has been good to us but we are always going to have medical emergencies or police investigations,” McNeil said.

There will be no changes to the monthly pass or day passes but the old 10-ride and two-ride tickets will be phased out after June 1, 2012.

The last of these tickets will be sold on May 31, 2012 and riders will have until July 31, 2012 to use them.

Any ticket not used by that time period will be refunded or converted to PRESTO.

A survey of 55,000 GO riders showed there was a 82% satisfaction rate with the PRESTO cards.

Customers who use two and 10 ride tickets will enjoy discounts with PRESTO that are the same or better.

Riders who use the two-ride will see a discount of 7.5% on their first 35 rides.

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