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News Release: Province announces major parking expansion at King City GO Station

For Immediate Release
July 31, 2002

Province announces major parking expansion at King City GO Station

QUEEN'S PARK — York Region GO users will benefit from the province's opening of 144 new parking spaces at the King City GO Station, Transportation Minister Norm Sterling announced today.

"Making transit more convenient for commuters is key to attracting more riders to transit," Sterling said. "This initiative is part of the Ernie Eves commitment to making transit a key component of a balanced and efficient transportation system that generates economic growth and prosperity in Ontario."

The Ontario government invested about $855,000 in the parking lot expansion. The work was completed by B. Gottardo Construction Ltd. of Woodbridge.

Dr. Gordon Chong, GO Transit Chairman, said the need for improvements to GO service grows every day. "We must do what we can to keep up, and the financial support we receive from the Province of Ontario is vital," he said. "GO is the key transportation solution in the Greater Toronto Area."

The additional spaces more than double the parking capacity at the station, bringing the total number of parking spaces to 255. The King City station is located on the Bradford GO train line, which includes stops at Bradford, Newmarket, Aurora, King City, Maple and the Rutherford stop in Vaughan.

"Making transit more accessible will help alleviate gridlock in the Vaughan community," said Minister and MPP for Thornhill Tina Molinari.

"Our government is committed to making commuter rail service more accessible," MPP for Barrie-Simcoe-Bradford Joe Tascona said. "The additional GO parking spaces in King City will allow more commuters to make use of transit, rather then drive to work."

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 resumed control of GO Transit on January 1, 2002, as part of a 10-year, $3.25 billion transit plan announced in September 2001.