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GO Transit displaying schedule times
to encourage highway commuters to try transit

If you get stuck in traffic along the Queen Elizabeth Way in Burlington next week, you’ll have lots of time to look at a new electronic sign that promotes a better way to commute than traveling in your car.

The Government of Ontario is placing signs beside the highway to provide drivers with nearby transit information. The new signs are part of a one-year pilot program, the government says, “to promote alternative travel options, help manage congestion and get people where they’re going sooner.”

Tomorrow, Monday, October 17, crews install a sign near Appleby GO Station, displaying information about upcoming GO Transit trains leaving the station. The information factors in the time for motorists to drive to the station, park and board the next available train. (Appleby GO station has 2,964 parking spaces.)

By the end of the year, the government will expand the pilot to Bronte and Oakville GO stations.

In November, crews will install more signs beside Highway 401 and the QEW near Highway 427 to promote Union Pearson Express travel times between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station.

As part of the pilot, the government will evaluate technologies that determine real-time parking availability at GO stations. Eventually, this information could also appear on the signs.