May 15, 2018 -- Whenever Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster is on a bus or a train, he makes it a point to ask commuters about their GO Transit experience. According to Verster, no two issues are raised more than Wi-Fi and capacity.
It's clear commuters don't only want to be connected to more people and places, but they want a good on-board transit experience as well. Metrolinx is listening, and is working on making its system the best it can be for its customers.
Below is a summary, as provided by Metrolinx, on how the Crown Agency is creating
a better transit experience for its customers today and for generations to come:
- A trial for Wi-Fi is underway as of this spring, with the goal to roll the service out across the GO network as soon as possible;
- The GO Expansion plan has already been put into action, as Metrolinx has increased GO train service by more than 70 per cent since 2013, adding more than 800 train trips every week. Metrolinx is transforming the existing GO rail system from a commuter-focused service into a two-way, all-day service on core segments of the network;
- Metrolinx is focused on every second of the commute, with plans to introduce level boarding to increase accessibility for all passengers while saving time on every stop, as trains won't have to stop at an exact point to meet the accessible platform;
- Metrolinx is looking to reduce the sound and environmental impact of its GO trains with electrification;
- With the PRESTO system, riders can take advantage of discounts when moving across participating transit systems in the region, including bus, streetcar, train and subway routes. Plus, the recent provincial budget signalled a move to lower GO fares to $3 within the City of Toronto, as well as for trips less than 10 kilometers, further reducing commuting costs;
- Metrolinx is working to provide better connections between people's homes and transit stations, and is encouraging and enabling sustainable travel options, like walking, cycling, and carpooling