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Province providing more travel options for commuters and families
Ontario is increasing GO train and bus service across the network to help manage congestion and provide convenient and frequent service for commuters and families.
Effective Sept. 2, Ontario will introduce more peak period GO train service on the Barrie line, providing more travel options to commuters in Barrie, Bradford West Gwillimbury, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Aurora, King City, Vaughan and Toronto. The province will also increase GO bus service on some of the most in-demand routes that serve customers in Burlington, St. Catharines, Guelph, Mississauga, Oakville, Hamilton and Richmond Hill.
These improvements will help commuters and families in communities across the region connect to jobs, school and recreational activities with a modern, integrated transit system. The service changes include:
- Extending two morning train trips on the Barrie GO line from Maple to Allandale, bringing 15-minute service to the entire line during the busiest travel period
- One new morning and one new afternoon train on the Barrie GO line, making all stops from Bradford to Union Station
- Six new weekday bus trips on Route 12 Burlington-Niagara, increasing bus service to every half hour between Burlington and St. Catharines, including an earlier morning trip from Burlington to Niagara College that will arrive in time for morning classes
- Nine new midday and evening weekday bus trips and two new weekend bus trips on Route 29 Guelph-Mississauga to provide consistent, hourly all-day service along this corridor
- 13 new weekday and four new weekend bus trips on Route 40 Hamilton-Richmond Hill to meet popular demand and provide 24-hour service, seven days a week, with a connection to Pearson International Airport and the Airport Corporate Centre
- Realignment of Route 19 and Route 40 to provide GO bus service to the Dixie Transitway Station
These service changes are part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program. GO RER includes electrifying core segments and expanding the rail network, and bringing more two-way, all-day service to commuters and families, increasing the number of weekly trips from about 1,500 to nearly 6,000 by 2025. It will provide faster and more frequent service across the GO rail network and is the largest commuter rail project in Canada.
Expanding GO Transit to improve people’s commute is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- The province is investing $21.3 billion to transform the GO network from a commuter transit system to a regional rapid transit system.
- The GO RER program involves more than 500 separate projects across 40 municipalities.
- Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
“We are delivering on our commitment to expand GO Transit service with more options for commuters to get where they need to go. These service changes will help manage congestion and provide reliable, predictable journeys across the region.”
–Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“Providing more train and bus service on our most in-demand routes is just one more way we are making transit a convenient choice for commuters. These new Barrie GO train trips also bring us one step closer to our goal of transforming the GO rail network to provide faster and more frequent rail service throughout the entire region.”
John Jensen, President and CEO, Metrolinx