Ontario is making moves to give commuters in the GTA and beyond more breathing room and choice in when and how they travel.
Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, and Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA), announced on Thursday (Aug 15) that Ontario is adding 84 more train trips and extending 65 existing train trips each week across GO Transit’s network to bring more rush-hour, midday and evening service.
“We’re delivering on our promise to expand transit in Ontario by offering more service, more trains and more choice for GO customers,” Mulroney said. “For GO Transit, this means an expansion program that will transform GO into a comprehensive two-way, all-day rapid transit system with service every fifteen minutes on core segments of the network.”
By the end of the month, Metrolinx will add 84 new weekly GO train trips across the Kitchener, Lakeshore East and Lakeshore West GO train lines and extend 65 weekly trips across the Lakeshore West and Kitchener lines, including reinstating evening train service on the Stouffville line.
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“The new midday, peak and evening services we’re adding across the GO Transit network will make taking the GO more reliable and give customers more choice when planning their trips,” said Surma.
Some of the changes include:
- 50 weekly train trips on the Kitchener line, bringing late-night weekday service between Kitchener GO and Toronto’s Union Station and hourly weekday evening service between the City of Brampton and Union Station.
- The existing 6:00 p.m. trip on the Kitchener line from Union Station will now run express to Bramalea GO before continuing to Kitchener GO.
- Customers travelling to Bloor, Weston, Etobicoke North and Malton GO stations can take a new 5:45 p.m. trip from Union Station.
- On the Lakeshore West line, there will be new year-round weekend GO train service between Niagara Falls and Union Station.
- Customers travelling out of Hamilton’s West Harbour GO will have twice as many options during weekday rush-hour periods, with three existing trips extended to serve the station and a new 4:45 p.m. trip from Union Station running express to Clarkson GO before serving all stops to West Harbour GO.
- Fifteen new weekly trips on the Lakeshore East line will be offered midday.
- Evening train service on the Stouffville line from Union Station, which was suspended for important construction work along the corridor, will be reinstated and extended to Mount Joy GO.
“The new express option for Kitchener will save customers 20 minutes in their daily commutes,” said Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster. “We’re doubling rush-hour service for West Harbour GO, and weekend Niagara service will now run all year.”
When these new and extended train trips go into service, Metrolinx will have increased GO train service by eight per cent over the past year.