Ontario government announces expanded GO Transit service in GTHA

Irving Hamilton
September 22, 2018

"With these new trips there will be more than 400,000 additional train seats each and every week", Yakabuski said. "This will bring immediate relief to the thousands of travellers who use GO Transit in the area". The initiative was expected to cost $90 million over three years. "(Premier) Doug Ford should not be putting these projects in jeopardy", said Jessica Bell, NDP MPP for University-Rosedale and the party's transit critic.

Ford promised during the election to find $6 billion in unspecified "efficiencies" in the provincial budget.

"They maybe don't even have to check a schedule", she said.

"We're having a line-by-line audit ... that is being done to determine the financial state of the province", he said.

Ontario's Government for the People is keeping its promise to get people moving faster by adding GO train service to reduce congestion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

17 new weekday train trips on GO Lakeshore West, with six trips during rush hour and 11 in the midday period between Oakville and Union Station, representing a new train every hour.

Most of the new service will be added outside of peak periods, where Metrolinx is hoping to grow ridership.

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Commuters on the GO Lakeshore corridors will benefit from 27 new train trips on GO Lakeshore East, an increase of 21%, which will double midday, weekday service between Oshawa and Union.

"Your government is making life easier for those travelling within the GTHA", said Minister Yakabuski. This brings the line to 15-minute midday service frequency.

The Kitchener line will see an extra trip during morning rush hour from Malton to Toronto's Union Station. "Less time spent worrying about catching that train means more time spent on the valuable things that people care about, like family, friends and work", Yakabuski said.

The service increases were one a number of changes announced by Metrolinx on Thursday.

She said that a year ago, Metrolinx president and CEO Phil Verster started looking at how to better use existing resources on a busy line that sometimes sees empty trains run after the morning rush hour.

Remarkably, the service increase along the Lakeshore lines, GO Transit's busiest, did not require additional funding, according to Aikins.

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