Rush hour in Toronto can be frustrating, especially on the GO Train. Thankfully, the Ontario Government just announced that they're finally taking action to improve commuter transit service during peak weekday hours. The province is officially expanding the GO Train schedule to better accommodate rush-hour commuters.
According to CP24, the provincial government will be adding 84 new weekly train trips across the Kitchener, Lakeshore and Lakeshore West GO lines as of Aug. 31. Ford’s team will also be extending 65 weekly trips across Lakeshore West and Kitchener lines to further relieve congestion.
"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," explained Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation in a press release.
"We're building a transportation system that puts people first by offering them transit options that fit their schedule, whether they're meeting up with family and friends, staying late at the office or wanting to get home early."
So, just how many more train trips will commuters be able to take? According to the government's press release, those commuting from West Harbour GO will have double the options they used to have during typical weekday rush-hour periods.
The new options include the extension of three existing trips and a brand new 4:45 p.m. trip out of Union Station. The new trip will run express to Clarkson GO before hitting all the stops to West Harbour GO.
Plus, fifteen new weekly midday trips are being added to the Lakeshore East line. There will also be new year-round weekend GO train service between Niagara Falls and Union Station on the Lakeshore West line.
The 6:00 p.m. train on the Kitchener line from Union Station will also now run express to Bramalea GO before heading over to Kitchener GO. A new 5:45 p.m. trip from Union Station will also be available to customers travelling to Bloor, Weston, Etobicoke North, and Malton GO stations.
"These changes are another major step in our GO expansion program. The new express option for Kitchener will save customers 20 minutes in their daily commutes. We're doubling rush-hour service for West Harbour GO, and weekend Niagara service will now run all year," detailed Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster in the press release. "Offering nearly 150 new and extended weekly GO train trips means our customers have more options to travel when they want to go."