GO Transit Just Suspended Train Service On 2 Lines Due To “Safety Incidents”
Lakeshore East and Milton lines are affected.
The transit disruptions in Ontario continue. Reported "safety incidents" on the tracks have seen GO Transit service suspended around the GTA. The Lakeshore East and Milton routes have been cancelled indefinitely on Tuesday afternoon.
Service was suspended between Union and Pickering stations, Metrolinx officials said Tuesday afternoon, per the Toronto Star.
At 4:44 p.m. E.T., Metrolinx tweeted to confirm Lakeshore East service "is now starting to resume," although it warned of continuing residual delays.*
However, service to Milton has also been suspended due to a developing safety incident, reports CBC.
According to a tweet from CBC Alerts, the delays are due to protestors on the tracks.
And, according to the Toronto Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Facebook page, the rail tracks behind Lambton Arena were being blocked in support of hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en Nation.
“Due to a developing safety incident east of Guildwood #GOstation, we have to suspend #GOTrain service between Union and Pickering,” GO Transit tweeted. “Trains will operate b/t Pickering & Oshawa only.”
Another posted message from GO Transit reads: "As the result of developing safety incidents near Guildwood & Kipling GO stations, GO train service on the Lakeshore East & Milton corridors is suspended. We are currently working on contingency plans to get customers home & will provide an update shortly."
CBC reports Tuesday saw two separate incidents.
First, service was suspended on the Lakeshore East line from Union to Pickering after a safety incident near Guildwood station. Then, a similar situation occurred near Kipling Station.
Passengers are advised to show their GO ticket or PRESTO card to board the TTC at Union in order to reach Danforth, Scarborough & Scarborough Town Centre, Eglinton and Guildwood.
“We are currently working on contingency plans to get customers home and will provide an update with travel options shortly,” said Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins, per the Star.
“Given the way our trains operate through our network, this situation has the potential to disrupt customers throughout our entire system. Also, given the potential for system-wide delays, it is very likely Union Station will experience significant crowding during rush hour.
“Safety is our top priority and central to everything we do. We’re bringing in additional resources and are doing the absolute best we can given the situation. We know how inconvenient this is and we ask for everyone’s patience."
These delays come later in the same day that police had warned Wet'suwet'en protestors they
Those protests had also led to cancelled services on Tuesday.
*This article has been updated.