Category Archives: GO Transit

Possible CP strike action could disrupt GO train service to Hamilton GO Centre

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GO Transit has advised of a potential service disruption of train service to Hamilton in the coming days.

Canadian Pacific Rail labour unions are in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 21st, which may impact some GO train services. While GO is hopeful that an agreement can be reached, the regional transit agency has plans in place if a strike occurs.

Since CP owns a section of corridor leading into Hamilton GO Centre, train service to and from this station would not be provided due to CP’s available staff resources. Regular GO bus service will continue and extra Route 18 GO buses will run between Hamilton GO Centre and Aldershot GO Station to connect to regular Lakeshore West train service.

The argument could be made that this would be the perfect time to run extra trains to the new West Harbour GO Station, which only sees two inbound and outbound trains each weekday. This could pose a logistical difficulty as the Hamilton GO Yard, where GO trains which service the Hamilton GO Centre park overnight, is also in this section of CP owned corridor.

More to come.

Ticket Vending machines at Hamilton GO being upgraded with PRESTO

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Starting tomorrow, Tuesday March 27th, and over the next few days, Metrolinx will be upgrading the ticket vending machines at the Hamilton GO Centre. After the upgrades you will br able to instantly load your card, check account information or buy a PRESTO card.

One machine will be upgraded each day, so during this time you can use another ticket vending machine, or visit a GO counter to buy your ticket or load your PRESTO card.

The upgraded ticket vending machines are already available at the West Harbour GO Station and McMaster University Bus Terminal in Hamilton.

GO Transit schedule changes effective April 7th

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GO Transit is adjusting some of their schedules effective April 7th, 2018. The changes include additional trips on the LAKESHORE WEST rail line, however there are no additional trains being added to either the Hamilton GO Centre or West Harbour GO Station.

Here are the changes which start on Saturday, April 7th.

GO Bus service in Hamilton increasing in September

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The fall means changes to bus schedules, both for the HSR and GO Transit in Hamilton. While the extent of the minor changes to local bus service is still to be announced, GO Transit has released details for their fall service changes.

Beginning in September GO Transit will be increasing service to routes around the GTA including services to, from, and through Hamilton.

Below is a summary of the changes to services from GO Transit’s release.

Niagara GO trains to skip Hamilton again in 2017 [UPDATED]

The West Harbour GO Station opened in the summer of 2015 for the Pan Am Games. The station initially opened in a partially finished position with much of the landscaping unfinished, some of the interiors not quite finished, and the parking facilities still under construction. Since then the station has been completed and is serviced by morning and peak trains on weekdays.

But one train that will once again not be making a stop at the station is the weekend Niagara GO train.

2017 promotional map for the Niagara seasonal GO Train service with Hamilton notably missing.

2017 promotional map for the Niagara seasonal GO Train service with Hamilton notably missing.

New GO trips from McMaster start December 31st

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GO Transit is making some schedule modifications starting Saturday, December 31st with some minor changes to the 15A ALDERSHOT/MCMASTER route.

Starting December 31st two new Friday eastbound trips will depart McMaster University at 1:28 PM and 5:26 PM respectively. The additional Friday only eastbound trip departing from McMaster University at 2:25 PM has been cancelled. The existing 2:30 PM departure from McMaster University is unchanged.

New Beamsville stop added to route 12 GO bus to Niagara Falls

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Starting on September 6th a new stop will be added to the route 12 GO bus which travels between Burlington and Niagara Falls, with a stop in Hamilton.

The route was previously extended west passed Burlington GO Station to service the Dundas St. @ Hwy. 407 Park & Ride.

The newest stop in Beamsville is another Park & Ride stop. The new stop is located at Ontario Street and South Service Road.

New GO Bus between Brantford and Aldershot via McMaster starts September 3rd

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GO Transit bus service will expand to Brantford this fall and today the full detailed schedule was released. The new bus service will be an extension of the existing McMaster University to Aldershot GO Station train meet service on route 15.

GO buses will run every hour during weekday peak periods and every two hours during weekday off-peak periods and on weekends. In total, there will be 26 trips every weekday and 18 trips on both Saturday and Sunday.

New double-decker GO buses to start serving Hamilton GO Centre in September

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While the original GO Transit double-decker buses were unable to run out of the Hamilton GO Centre due to the low bridge at Hunter, the newer low-floor, low-height double-decker buses now in service will soon be running out of the downtown terminal.

The new double-deckers are 39 cm lower than the first generation of double-decker GO buses, and 24 cm lower than the second generation, which means they are able to clear more bridges and trees, increasing the number of routes they can travel on.

Starting in September the new low-floor, low-height buses will replace single deck buses that serve:

  • Route 15 MCMASTER-ALDERSHOT
  • Route 16 HAMILTON-TORONTO EXPRESS
  • Route 18 HAMILTON-ALDERSHOT
  • Route 47 407 WEST

New Weekday GO Rail Service Planned Between Hamilton and the Niagara Region

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Ontario is planning to bring new weekday GO rail service between the future Confederation GO Station in Hamilton and the Niagara Region starting in 2021, with service to Niagara Falls by 2023.

Subject to a final agreement with CN Rail, Metrolinx will start the consultations, planning and design work required to implement the service including: