GO Transit Series VIII Bilevel cars

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GO Transit 2545-2560, 2700-2857 and 251-257 are Bombardier Bilevel coaches built between 2008 and 2015. Collectively, they are known as the Series VIII Bilevel cars.

The multiple orders in this series has increase the number of accessible cars beyond the number of Series IV cars. This has allowed GO to convert the rest of the 2300-series cars back to non-accessible cars as well as allow for additional trainsets to be put together. The additional orders also includes several new cab cars. On March 14, 2011, GO Transit announced they have ordered 50 more BiLevel cars to accommodate increased demand. Production was expected to begin in June with deliveries expected to begin that fall. The final car was delivered in early 2013. Shortly after, an order for 28 more cars was placed for delivery in 2014.

This series of cars are the third ordered by GO of the second-generation BiLevel design, of which 2499 was a prototype. They have a number of improvements over the previous cars, such as a larger accessible washroom on the first level of the car, larger side windows, welded aluminum exterior, and more easily accessible HVAC and doorway equipment. GO ordered these cars with a number of additional options, such as LED exterior step lights, operators' control at one of the doorways, larger windows in the side doors, higher seat headrests, and powered end doors. Cars in the second batch onwards have emergency lighting above the aisles on each level. Cars from the third batch onwards have exterior and interior door release buttons at every door. Doors will stay open for a short period before closing again while the buttons are activated.

Cars 2743-2746 were delivered as bicycle coaches, with the bottom and mid-level windows wrapped, and the lower level seating replaced by bicycle racks. These four coaches are exclusively used on the Niagara Falls weekend train service, with two coaches for each trainset operating the service. Both cars are placed between the accessible coach and the cab car.

The Bilevel design (as it is now known) was arrived at expressly at GO Transit's behest. In the early 1970's, GO quickly found out that the single-level cars then being used were simply not able to provide the capacity required within the track time that they were allotted by CN. After tests with leased "Gallery-style" equipment from C&NW and later CPR, it was decided that an entirely new car style would be the best way to attack the problem.

Interior photos

Order history

Delivery period Regular coaches Accessible coaches Cab cars
2008-09 2700-2729 (30) 2545-2546 (2) 251-253 (3)
2010 2730-2754 (25) - -
2010-11 2755-2770 (16) 2547-2549 (3) 254 (1)
2011-13 2771-2814 (44) 2550-2552 (3) 255-257 (3)
2014 2815-2838 (24) 2553-2554 (2) -
2014 2839-2857 (20) 2555-2560 (6) -

Regular Coaches

Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial # Livery Notes
2700 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2701 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2702 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
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  • Car arrived October 9, 2008.
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  • Car arrived October 9, 2008.
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2706 GO Transit 2706-a.jpg 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car arrived October 9, 2008.
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2709 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2710 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2711 October 2008 242-017 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2712 GO Transit 2712-a.jpg 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2713 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2714 GO Transit 2714-a.jpg 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2715 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2716 November 2008 242-022 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2717 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2718 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2719 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2720 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2721 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2722 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2723 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2724 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2725 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2726 GO Transit 2726-a.jpg December 2008 242-032 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2727 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2728 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2729 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2730 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2731 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
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  • Vandalized before delivery.
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  • Entered service February 24, 2010.
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2737 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2738 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Entered service March 31, 2010.
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  • Entered service March 31, 2010.
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2741 GO Transit 2741-a.jpg 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
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2743 GO Transit 2743-a.jpg 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Delivered as a Bicycle Coach, with bike racks instead of seats on the bottom level and wraps over the lower and mid-level windows.
2744 GO Transit 2744-a.jpg 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Delivered as a Bicycle Coach, with bike racks instead of seats on the bottom level and wraps over the lower and mid-level windows.
2745 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Delivered as a Bicycle Coach, with bike racks instead of seats on the bottom level and wraps over the lower and mid-level windows.
2746 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Delivered as a Bicycle Coach, with bike racks instead of seats on the bottom level and wraps over the lower and mid-level windows.
2747 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2748 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2749 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2750 GO Transit 2750-a.jpg 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2751 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2752 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2753 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2754 2010 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2755 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car arrived early 2011
2756 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car arrived early 2011
2757 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car arrived early 2011
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2759 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2760 GO Transit 2760-a.jpg 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2761 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2762 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2763 GO Transit 2763-a.jpg 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2764 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2765 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2766 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2767 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2768 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2769 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2770 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2771 2011 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2772 2011 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2773 GO Transit 2773-a.jpg 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2774 GO Transit 2774-a.jpg 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2775 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2776 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2777 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2778 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2779 GO Transit 2779-a.jpg 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2780 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2781 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2782 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2783 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2784 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2785 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2786 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2787 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2788 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2789 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2790 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2791 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2792 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2793 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2794 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2795 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2796 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2797 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2798 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2799 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2800 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2801 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2802 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2803 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2804 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2805 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2806 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2807 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
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  • Repainted in the two-tone Metrolinx livery in 2017.
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2810 GO Transit 2810-a.jpg 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2811 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2812 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2813 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2814 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2815 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2816 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2817 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2818 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2819 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2820 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2821 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2822 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2823 GO Transit 2823-a.jpg 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2824 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2825 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2826 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2827 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2828 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2829 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2830 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2831 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2832 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2833 GO Transit 2833a.jpg 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2834 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2835 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2836 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2837 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
2838 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2839 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
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  • Final coach built to "classic" design; completed February 12, 2015
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2842 GO Transit 2842-b.jpg 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2843 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2844 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2845 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2846 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2847 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2848 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2849 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2850 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2851 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2852 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2853 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
2854 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
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2857 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png

Accessible Coaches

Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial # Livery Notes
2545 2008 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Car arrived October 9, 2008.
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2546 2008 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
Wc15.JPG
2547 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
Wc15.JPG
2548 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
Wc15.JPG
2549 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
Wc15.JPG
2550 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
Wc15.JPG
2551 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
Wc15.JPG
2552 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
Wc15.JPG
2553 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
Wc15.JPG
2554 2011-13 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
Wc15.JPG
2555 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
Wc15.JPG
2556 GO Transit 2556-b.jpg 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
Wc15.JPG
2557 GO Transit 2557-b.jpg 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
Wc15.JPG
2558 GO Transit 2558-a.jpg 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
Wc15.JPG
2559 GO Transit 2559-a.jpg 2014 GO Transit Bilevel livery-b.png
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Wc15.JPG

Cab cars

Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial # Livery Notes
251 GO Transit 251-a.jpg 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Entered service October 3, 2008.
  • Converted to a commuter coach in January 2018.
  • Converted back into a cab car in December 2018.
252 GO Transit 252-a.jpg 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
  • Converted to a commuter coach in December 2017.
  • Converted back into a cab car in May 2019.
253 GO Transit 253-b.jpg 2008-09 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
254 GO Transit 254-a.jpg 2010-11 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
255 GO Transit 255-a.jpg 2013 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
256 GO Transit 256-a.jpg 2013 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png
257 GO Transit 257-a.jpg 2013 GO Transit Bilevel livery-a.png

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