GO 50th Anniversary

Now arriving 1990s

Despite shrinking ridership caused by the recession, GO kept people moving by building on existing lines, extending services and launching new services.

⟵ 1980s 2000s ⟶

Investing in Ontario

Passengers boarding GO Train circa 1990s

Rush hour boost

GO extended rush hour train service to Barrie, Guelph, Acton and Oshawa in 1990. That same year, GO also introduced off-peak train service on the Milton line. Expansion and improvements continued as the decade went on.

GO Milestone

In 1991, Unionville GO Station officially opened. Since the 1960s, Unionville had been developing at a rapid pace and had come to rely heavily on GO services.

Safety on the GO

In June of 1992, GO Transit enforcement officers were sworn in as special constables under a sponsorship program with the Ontario Provincial Police. This unit would be rebranded as Transit Safety Officers (TSO) in 2009.

GO Transit Safety Officer circa 1990s
GO Transit ad featuring the Toronto Blue Jays 1992

In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays won their first World Series title. A year later, they won their second, making them back-to-back champions. GO carried excited fans to the games and continues to do so today.

Say hello to GO Bear.

Keeping true to the promise of extended service, GO offered expanded services in 1994.

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1995 GO radio ad "Dreaming of Travel"

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Disabled customer using wheelchair ramp to exit GO Train circa 1990s

GO for all

On June 1, 1995, ten GO Stations became wheelchair accessible. The modified stations were Oakville, Milton, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Old Cummer, Stouffville, Unionville, Pickering, Oshawa, and Union.

Stepping up service

To prepare Oshawa for frequent rush hour service, a new station was built and new tracks were laid in 1995. That same year, the Toronto Raptors tipped off for the very first time.

GO Transit Station Map circa 1990s

1996 GO radio ad "Talking Car"

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GO Milestone

In December of 1998, QuikTik was introduced at Oakville and Pickering stations. This new system let passengers quickly buy an adult single-ride ticket or day pass to Union Station.

Minimum Fare 1.80

Maximum Fare 9.55

Children 90

For the low price of $1.80, an adult could buy GO fare. For a child, the price was 90¢. If you wanted to get your hands on a brand new, 50-inch plasma TV, that would set you back $20,000.

On February 20, 1999 Air Canada Centre opened with a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs won 3-2 in overtime. The next night, the Toronto Raptors played (and won) in front of a sold-out crowd.