Major Changes Coming to Go Transit
If you're a regular GO Transit commuter, a major change—one that might make your life a little bit easier—is coming to your commute.
The Province of Ontario recently announced that it is introducing Wi-Fi on GO trains and buses, as well as launching an improved GO Transit website and trip planner.
As a first step towards introducing Wi-Fi service on all GO Transit vehicles, Metrolinx will test the service on two GO trains and four GO buses to examine service quality and collect feedback from transit users.
"We are committed to making the entire GO experience even better for people. These enhancements are an example of how we are modernizing GO Transit and enhancing services for people across Ontario," says Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation.
Free Wi-Fi is already available at the majority of GO stations and bus terminals across the system.
This March, Metrolinx will also launch a new GO Transit website.
The province says the website will provide a "better customer experience through new features including an improved trip planner, updated fare calculator, and enhanced service and station information to help people plan their trips."
Since the roll-out is in its infancy, signage will be used to identify which vehicles offer Wi-Fi service.
Ontario says it is investing $21.3 billion to transform GO Transit from a commuter transit service to a regional rapid transit system.
The province says weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from about 1,500 when the program began in 2015 to nearly 6,000 by 2024-25, with more all-day service across the system.
"Adding Wi-Fi to GO vehicles and updating the GO Transit site so people can visit it on a smartphone or tablet makes transit easier to use for the people in my community that depend on public transit every day to get around the GTHA," says Phil Verster, president and CEO, Metrolinx