What is GO?

A division of Metrolinx, GO Transit is the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, with routes extending to communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We carry over 70 million passengers a year.

Since May 1967, GO Transit has evolved from a single GO Train line along Lake Ontario’s shoreline into an extensive network of train lines and bus routes. Since service began, more than a billion riders have taken the GO Train or Bus – to work or school, to go home, or for leisure activities. GO provides its passengers with safe, fast, reliable, comfortable service to downtown Toronto and other urban centres.

Background

On May 14, 2009, GO Transit officially merged with Metrolinx. The merger maximizes the two organizations’ strategy and planning expertise and implementation and operations know-how to build rapid transit projects faster and improve customer service.

The Minister of Transportation sets the strategy and policy framework for Metrolinx, and the Board provides business direction to staff.

Visit the Ministry of Transportation website for other information.

We recover most of our operating costs through revenue, consistently bringing in 80% to 90% of what we need to run our service from the farebox — one of the best financial performances for any transit system in the world.

The Provincial government subsidizes any operating costs that are not recovered through revenue. It is also responsible for the base capital funding needed for rehabilitation and replacement, to keep our system in a state of good repair. For growth and expansion capital costs, the province provides one-third of GO’s capital funding needs, with the understanding that the federal and municipal governments will contribute the remaining two-thirds.

Our service area

Click here to see a copy of the GO Transit service map.

GO Trains and GO Buses serve a population of seven million in an 11,000-square-kilometre area, stretching from Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo in the west to Newcastle and Peterborough in the east, and from Orangeville, Barrie and Beaverton in the north to Niagara Falls in the south. We connect with every municipal transit system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, including the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

Our seven train lines are Barrie, Kitchener, Milton, Lakeshore East, Lakeshore West, Richmond Hill and Stouffville

Ridership

Our ridership growth has continually exceeded expectations. The original GO Train service carried 2.5 million passengers in 1967, the first year of operation; today the combined rail and bus system handles 70 million riders annually.

At least 91% of our train ridership is to and from Union Station in downtown Toronto, while about 70% of all bus passengers travel to and from the City of Toronto.

For more information, refer to our GO Transit Fact Sheet.

Railways in your community

GO Transit manages over 337 km of Metrolinx-owned railway corridors, corresponding to about 80 per cent of the total railway network that GO Trains regularly operate over. By keeping these corridors and the nearly 500 km of track they contain properly maintained, GO Transit’s Railway Corridors staff help ensure that every week approximately one million train passengers get where they need to be going, safely and reliably.

Click here to learn more about railways in your community.

United Way

GO Transit is a proud supporter of the United Way. GO is committed to supporting causes that matter to customers, employees and local communities. The aim is to make a real difference in the lives of people in need through donations and the volunteer spirit of our customers and employees.

United Way