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Kitchener GO Station seeing biggest boost in daily ridership: Metrolinx

CEO and President Phil Verster says the promising numbers mean he will be prioritizing the Kitchener line as one of the most exciting extensions
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File photo. Blair Adams/KitchenerToday

A new report by Metrolinx shows the Kitchener GO Station is seeing an impressive increase in local ridership.

The report which compares statistics from April 2019 to December 2019, says the Kitchener GO Station has seen a 40.2 per cent increase in the average number of daily riders.

CEO and President of Metrolinx, Phil Verster says in the coming years, the ridership could increase anywhere to 500-thousand to a million at the Kitchener GO Station.

“Keep in mind that we’re currently moving 18-million people a year along our corridor – all of our railway corridors and we’re seeing a growth rate in ridership year after year of just over 5.5 per cent. What’s exciting about new services to a place like Kitchener is that it doesn’t obey the rules of 5.5 per cent growth. It’s grown at about 40 per cent but in time it will start to grow less as more riders join.”

He says it’s very exciting to see so much growth at Kitchener GO.

“It’s not that comparable to bigger stations which for a longer period of time, have had more trains and higher ridership numbers. This is a fantastic opportunity with Kitchener. As we now increase the number of service and continue to do so in the years to come, it gives people in our communities up in Kitchener to connect better, to travel better, and to use transit.”

Verster says he has prioritized the Kitchener line as one of their most exciting extensions.

“It’s because of all the activity in that corridor, and being a high-tech corridor and basically the community’s being so excited about having GO services and being connected. Over the last two years, we have more than doubled the number of trains that stop at Kitchener station itself, but all along the Kitchener line to all other destinations such as to Brampton and Bramalea as well. This is very exciting for us.”

To find the full Metrolinx ridership map for April 2019 to December 2019, click here.


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