Ontario Expanding GO Bus Service to Brantford
Connection to GO Transit Network Will Boost Economy and Improve Quality of Life
Ontario is expanding GO Transit bus service to Brantford to connect the city to the GO Transit network, giving commuters more transit options and reducing congestion.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Brantford Transit today to make the announcement. Beginning this September, Metrolinx will introduce GO bus service between downtown Brantford and Aldershot GO Station in Burlington, stopping at McMaster University along the way. GO buses will run every hour during weekday peak periods and every two hours during weekday off-peak periods and on weekends. In total, there will be 26 trips every weekday and 18 trips on both Saturday and Sunday.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years. This is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Expanding transit options is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Since 2003, Ontario has extended GO’s rail network by nearly 90 kilometres, opened 14 new GO stations, rebuilt four existing stations and added more than 31,000 new parking spots across the system.
- GO Bus service to Brantford is projected to attract 1,000 weekly passenger trips.
- The estimated cost to operate the new bus service is about $1.3 million.
- A recent report by the Broadbent Institute and the Centre for Spatial Economics found that, on average, investing a dollar in public infrastructure in Canada raises GDP by $1.43 in the short term and up to $3.83 in the long term.
“Investing in transit strengthens our communities. Expanding GO Bus service to Brantford is part of our government’s commitment to provide modern, accessible transit infrastructure that will reduce commute times, grow the economy and improve people’s daily lives.”
“We are responding to our local needs. This is an exciting time as the new GO Bus servicing Brantford will give residents better transit and a direct connection to the larger GO Transit network, improving regional mobility and helping to manage congestion.”
Steven Del Duca
“Bringing GO bus service to Brantford will strengthen its connection with our broader region, giving residents and visitors more ways to connect to work, school, family and friends. This is an exciting time for Brantford and for Metrolinx, and we look forward to working together well in the future.”