For GO Transit customers who depend on bus services for their daily trips, the transit agency is planning to strengthen its core route network with a 15-minute service as part of a regional express plan.

On an update to be presented to the board of directors of Metrolinx, the Ontario government agency that oversees GO Transit and UP Express, on Thursday, staff said planning as part of a 10-year bus service strategy is underway to bring the 15 minute service to all major GO corridors through Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Anne Marie Aikins, a Metrolinx spokeswoman, said the specific route service increases will unfold “in the coming months.” More details are expected to be discussed during Thursday’s meeting.

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She said that with the regional express bus plan, there will also be improved connectivity to transit centers, shopping parks, post-secondary schools, shopping malls, and to local transit services.

Officials also noted that there are plans to extend the reach of the GO Transit bus network throughout the region and in Ontario through private trucking companies, but it is not yet clear what that might entail.

With 17 million passenger trips in 2019, Aikins said it expects the new strategy to accommodate 27 to 30 million passengers.

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