Heading into the city

As more cars clog the roads around Toronto during rush hours and as the price of fuel rises, the popularity of commuter trains grows. "GO Transit" is an interregional transportation system that moves 50 million people every year.

Inspired by a "GO" photograph, I drew this winter view of one of the trains crossing a frozen river on it's morning run to downtown Toronto. These trains service 58 stations and cover 390 kilometres of track. The locomotives are diesel-electric, and new models are being introduced this year with more pulling capacity. Each one of the passenger cars can seat 162 people. Most trains today are comprised of ten of these cars. If you do the math, you'll see how many more automobiles would be on the road if the people who occupy just one full train elected to drive. GO trains make many trips each day over seven lines.

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