A beloved GO Transit service is returning to Halton.
But first, let’s recap on what has happened in the last couple of months.
Back in December of 2018, the Ontario government announced that there will be expanded service along the Kitchener GO line.
This line services Brampton, the Halton Region, Guelph and Kitchener as seen below.
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As of Jan. 7, a big change for people travelling by GO Transit between Kitchener and Toronto’s Union Station came into effect.
These travellers were introduced to an additional GO train service every weekday morning and afternoon, with a new trip option for customers in Kitchener, Guelph and Acton.
As a result of this change, a morning trip that used to start at Georgetown GO Station would now begin at Kitchener GO Station at 5:40 a.m., stopping at Guelph and Acton GO stations before continuing to serve all stops to Union Station, arriving at 7:43 a.m.
This change, however, has greatly impacted travellers in the Halton Region during the afternoon rush. Especially, Halton Hills residents.
In a recent press release from the Town of Halton Hills the changehas left some riders with no choice but to take the run with multiple stops.
This has caused excessive travel times for many residents in Halton Hills, as well as impacting daycare arrangements, and resulted in long works days for some.
“Metrolinx is tinkering with the GO Train service and it’s simply unacceptable to make changes that so negatively impact Halton Hills residents,” Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette said in the release.
Now, Metrolinx has responded.
“Metrolinx is re-introducing the popular 4:50 p.m. express trip from Union Station along the Kitchener rail line. Just like before, the trip will run express between Union Station and Bramalea GO Station, and then serve all stops to Kitchener,” a recent Metrolinx blog post reads.
In order to offer this service, a new train will be running. This will provide more than 1,000 more seats during the afternoon commute.
This new service will come into effect on Feb. 13.
The reintroduction of the express train was announced by Metrolinx CEO, Phil Verster, today (Jan. 28).
Graphic is courtesy of Metrolinx.