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Eves government opens new GO Transit station at York University

    TORONTO, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Commuters and students will benefit from a new
York University GO Train stop officially opened today by the Ernie Eves
government, GO Transit and York University.
    "The new stop makes transit a more convenient option for commuters who
now drive to school or work," Transportation Minister Norm Sterling said.
"This initiative is part of the Ontario government's plan to create an
efficient transit system that helps to tackle gridlock and support our Smart
Growth objectives."
    The new station provides a new transportation link for faculty, staff and
students who commute daily from the central part of York Region. The province
invested $850,000 in the new station.
    "With this expansion of GO train service, our government is demonstrating
its commitment to improving the quality of life for the citizens of York
Region and the students and faculty of York University," said Tina Molinari,
Associate Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Thornhill.
"Initiatives such as this mean less traffic congestion, improved safety and
greater accessibility to the university."
    The York University station is located three blocks east of Keele Street,
between Steeles and Finch Avenues on the Bradford GO Train line. York
University provides a free shuttle bus service between the GO stop and campus.
    "Today's announcement marks another important step forward for York
University and our public transit partners," noted Dr. Lorna Marsden,
president of York University. "Students, staff and faculty travelling from
York region now have another alternative to private vehicles - which should
result in reduced traffic congestion, preservation of the environment and less
pressure on York's parking capacity."
    GO's Bradford line includes stops at Bradford, Newmarket, Aurora, King
City, Maple and the Rutherford stop in Vaughan. The new York University
station is the last stop before Union Station. The station includes a train
platform, automatic ticket vending machines (coming later this month), street
access, lighting and security cameras. York's community comprises
approximately 50,000 students, faculty and staff.
    The new service is in addition to existing GO service to York, including
Highway 407 bus service from Hamilton, Oakville, Markham and Pickering.
    "Our Highway 407 bus service has been successful because of the number of
York students and staff we're serving," GO Transit Chairman Dr. Gordon Chong
said. "We have every reason to be excited about the potential for this new
train station."
    GO Transit is Ontario's only inter-regional public transit system and
carries more than 43 million passengers a year, linking Toronto with the
surrounding regions of the Golden Horseshoe area.
    The Ontario government has taken a lead role in promoting a balanced and
integrated transportation system in line with Ontario's Smart Growth
objectives of sustaining a strong economy, building strong communities and
ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

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                           New station celebration
                         York University GO station
                          Friday, September 6, 2002


    Station facts

        -  York University GO station is between Rutherford station and Union
           Station on the Bradford line, a few blocks east of Keele St. on
           Canarctic Dr.

        -  It is a basic station with a train platform and walk-in access.
           York University runs a free shuttle bus between the campus and the

        -  Ticket vending machines will be installed later this month; they
           will sell single-ride tickets and day passes.

        -  Station cost: $850,000 (design & construction)

        -  Consultant: Planmac Inc. Construction: B. Gottardo Construction

    Service facts

        -  York University GO station has three morning and three evening
           rush-hour trains. Morning trains arrive at York University station
           at 6:59 a.m., 7:49, and 8:21. Afternoon trains leave York
           University station at 5:03 p.m., 5:43, and 6:15. York University
           bus shuttles pick up and drop off on campus on the south side of
           the Student Centre.

    Growth facts

        -  The Bradford line is one of GO's fastest growing corridors. On an
           average weekday in June 2002, GO carried 5,560 passengers on
           trains and buses on the line, nearly 24% more than in June 2001,
           when ridership was 4,490 a day.

        -  GO's Hwy. 407 bus service serving York University exceeded
           ridership expectations quickly. Since September 2000, the route
           has been expanded several times, peaking this year at 1,600
           passengers a day. Ridership is expected to grow again this fall,
           with the latest expansion into Markham.

        -  Within two years, GO expects to carry about 400 York University
           train riders a day.

                      YORK UNIVERSITY IN THE GTA FACTS

    THE YORK UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY  (2002-2003 estimates)
    43,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff (over 85% with GTA home
addresses), and 170,000 alumni

    TRANSPORTATION FACTS (2001-2002 academic year)
    33,000 car trips to campus on average peak period days
    11,000 parking spaces
    680 bus trips per day (575 TTC, 41 York Region, 64 GO-Transit)
    Estimated modal split (cars versus transit): Toronto(equal sign)50:50;
905(equal sign)90:10

    REGIONAL IMPACT (all data from November 2001 home addresses)
                                       Faculty and
                            Students         Staff      Alumni  2001 Payroll
    York Region
    Aurora                       250            68       1,162  $  4,260,002
    East Gwillimbury              83            10         368  $    637,836
    Georgina                      56             6         346  $    401,080
    King                         128            22         653  $  1,896,524
    Markham                    2,540           217       6,721  $ 11,559,144
    Newmarket                    341            74       1,502  $  4,383,062
    Richmond Hill              1,803           222       4,799  $ 12,592,246
    Vaughan                    2,954           466       7,901  $ 23,941,957
    Whitchurch-Stouffville        82            12         415  $    858,910
    total                      8,237         1,097      23,867  $ 60,530,761

    Peel Region
    Brampton                   1,721           172       4,316  $  7,489,245
    Caledon                      213            22         952  $  1,547,027
    Mississauga                2,617           225       8,170  $ 10,322,498
    total                      4,551           419      13,438  $ 19,358,770

    Durham Region              1,096            62       5,283  $  3,033,899

    Halton Region                489            81       3,643  $  4,008,023

    City of Toronto           18,786         4,174      75,178  $206,387,417

    Total GTA                 33,159         5,833     121,409  $293,318,870

    Non GTA                    6,419           605      39,127  $ 33,087,334

    GRAND TOTAL               39,578         6,438     160,536  $326,406,204

For further information: Bill Parish, Minister's Office, (416) 327-1824; 
Bob Nichols, Communication Branch, (416) 327-1158; Cim Nunn, York University, 
(416) 736-2100 x 22087; Karen Majerly, GO Transit, (416) 869-3600 x 5325

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