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GO: First GO Train to Barrie in 14 years on Sunday: What’s next?

By shost at 11:23 pm on Saturday, December 15, 2007

GO Transit is celebrating the first GO Train to Barrie in 14 years on Sunday. Free rides are available with refreshments to those who are in attendence. However, the Managing Director of GO has discussed what is next for GO train service.

It comes as no suprise that it was 14 years ago Barrie and Guelph lost their GO Service, but with Barrie’s returning, Guelph may not be that far behind:

The Toronto Star had this to say:

Transportation reporter

For the first time since 1993, Barrie commuters will be able to take the GO train to work Monday morning.

“It’s taken us 15 years to get back, but we’re coming back,” said GO managing director Gary McNeil yesterday. “It’s a logical extension that needs to happen.”"

Later in the article

When the NDP government cut GO’s operating budget in the early 1990s, Barrie service, along with that to Bolton and Guelph, was discontinued. Restoring the Barrie link is costing about $25 million, including upgrades to the track, a train layover and the new station facilities. GO expects to recover about 80 per cent of its operating costs on the line in two years.”

“The next logical extensions for GO train service would be to Lincolnville (near Uxbridge), Guelph, the Niagara Region and from Oshawa into Bowmanville, said McNeil.”

- Steve

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