GO TRAIN SCHEDULES DISPLAYED FOR HIGHWAY COMMUTERS
Ontario Promoting Transit Options to Help Manage Congestion, Improve Commutes
Ontario is introducing a year-long pilot that will use electronic highway signs to show drivers nearby transit information and promote alternative travel options, to help manage congestion and get people where they’re going sooner.
Effective October 17, a sign has been installed on the QEW near Appleby GO station displaying information about upcoming GO train trips departing from that station. The information factors in the time it takes to drive there, park and catch the next available train. By the end of the year, the pilot will expand to Bronte and Oakville GO stations.
Appleby GO station is located in Burlington and has 2,964 parking spaces. In November, highway signs along Highway 401 and the QEW approaching Highway 427 will advertise the Union Pearson Express (UP Express) travel times between Toronto Pearson Airport and Union station. UP Express trains make the trip in 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes. As part of the pilot, technologies will be evaluated that determine real-time parking availability at GO stations. This information could also be displayed on the signs.