Category Archives: GO Transit

Unlocking More GO Train Service to Hamilton and on to Niagara region

James North GO track level rendering
New infrastructure has been built over the past few years on the span between Aldershot GO Station and Niagara Falls, which has culminated in the start of regular weekday train service connecting Niagara Falls and St. Catharines with Union Station. The work has also allowed Metrolinx to start running two more trains in and out of West Harbour GO.

One of the biggest snags in the expansion of the illusive all-day GO service to Hamilton is that Metrolinx does not own any of the corridor infrastructure past the Burlington GO Station. In order for the service to expand into Hamilton and beyond on a regular basis, Metrolinx needs to plan, design and build everything with the corridor owners and their short-term and long-term goals in mind.

Ontario Introducing Free Wi-Fi on GO Transit in 2020; Future of HSR Wi-Fi

Today, it was announced that free Wi-Fi is coming to GO buses and trains next year.

Metrolinx has signed an agreement with Icomera Canada Inc. to connect all 1,475 GO buses and trains to Wi-Fi beginning in 2020.

Beginning spring 2020, commuters on a GO bus or train will be able to stay connected with their mobile devices with a free, reliable, high-quality, wireless internet connection.

“More and more people depend on their phones to be able to work, study and keep in touch with friends and family during their daily commute,” said MPP Gill. “Bringing Wi-Fi to GO trains and buses will make traveling by GO a better, more convenient experience for people in Milton.”

Construction update – Confederation GO Station


With about two months to go before the new Confederation GO Station opens to buses, construction progress at the site is well under way.

Starting November 2nd, the GO bus route 12 stop currently located at Barton Street and Nash Road will move into the bus loop on the north side of the Confederation station site, off Goderich Road. Approximately 60 parking spaces will be available and are already completed. The bus loop has also been completed with three bus platforms as well as room for additional buses to stop.

The enclosed waiting area beside the bus platforms has been constructed and a bike parking structure is in progress.

While Metrolinx’s President and CEO Phil Verster stated that by the end of 2019 local bus service would also serve the new GO station, it’s not known what capacity the HSR will service the new GO station.

GO Buses will start servicing Confederation station this November


With the announcement of a market-driven approach to delivering new infrastructure across the GO Transit network, Metrolinx has decided to scale back the plans for the development of Confederation GO station. For the time being, they are giving priority to getting more service to West Harbour, which is ready to receive more customers and underutilized.

Starting November 2nd however, the GO bus route 12 stop currently located at Barton Street and Nash Road will move into the bus loop on the north side of the Confederation station site, off Goderich Road. Approximately 60 parking spaces will be available.

More train service added for West Harbour GO Station

James North GO track level rendering

Today it was announced that 84 more GO train trip are being added and 65 existing train trips each week are being extended across GO Transit’s network to bring more rush-hour, midday and evening service.

“We’re delivering on our promise to expand transit in Ontario by offering more service, more trains and more choice for GO customers,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.

The changes are another step in the GO expansion program. GO Transit is doubling rush-hour service for West Harbour GO, and weekend Niagara service will now run all year, though these trains will continue to bypass West Harbour GO Station in Hamilton.

Service added to Hamilton includes:

Kids 12 and under ride free on GO Transit starting March 9th

Photo from Metrolinx

Today, Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek, and Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster announced that kids 12 and under can travel for free on all GO Transit trains and buses starting March 9th, 2019.

Children can already travel on the TTC and UP Express for free.

“Letting kids travel on GO for free will make taking transit easier and more affordable for parents and kids,” said Minister Yurek. “Whether you’re visiting family or taking a trip to the mall, free trips for children will help families save money and offer parents a low-stress alternative to driving.”

While children 12 and under can already travel for free on the TTC and UP Express, in Hamilton only children under 5 years of age are free on Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses.

Source: Ministry of Transportation

GO Transit adding Weekday GO Train Service to Niagara Falls in January


Today, Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, announced that the long-asked-for weekday GO train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines on the Lakeshore West line Will be introduced in January.

“Our government is keeping our promise to get people moving and make life better for everyone in Ontario by expanding GO train service to Niagara Falls,” said Yurek. “We are working with our railway partner, CN, to use the existing rail infrastructure to expand GO Transit service for people in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines four years sooner than promised.”

Beginning on January 7th, 2019, people travelling by GO Transit between Niagara Falls and Toronto’s Union Station will benefit from a new morning trip with an evening return every weekday.

The existing weekday 6:39 a.m. eastbound trip from West Harbour GO Station will now begin at Niagara Falls at 5:19 a.m., stop at St. Catharines at 5:41 a.m. and continue on to West Harbour, making all stops to Clarkson then running express to Union Station as usual and at the current times.

The existing weekday 5:15 p.m. westbound trip from Union to West Harbour will be extended to make a stop at St. Catharines at 7:22 p.m., and arrive at Niagara Falls at 7:47 p.m.

“This is great news for people in Niagara Region,” said Oosterhoff. “Weekday GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto will help connect the region and create new business opportunities.”

For the last several years the seasonal Niagara GO train has bypassed Hamilton’s West Harbour GO Station in the North End. It remains to be seen if this will mean seasonal Niagara trips will also start to service West Harbour GO.

GO Transit schedule changes effective September 1st


GO Transit is adjusting some of their schedules effective September 1st, 2018. The changes include service changes for bus trips, however there are no changes to train service to either the Hamilton GO Centre or West Harbour GO Station.

Here are the changes which start on Saturday, AlSeptember 1st.

Update: CP labour agreement reached; no GO train service disruption


Update: All GO service will run as usual now that an agreement has been reached between CP and its labour union that helps maintain and operate our network.

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 10:00pm on Tuesday, May 29th, 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.

CP owns a section of corridor leading into Hamilton GO Centre.

If there is a labour disruption, there will be fewer staff members available to address any signal or switch issues, meaning longer delays for Lakeshore West customers travelling eastbound on train trips which begin at Hamilton GO and for customers travelling westbound between Aldershot and Hamilton GO if there is an issue

More to come.

Niagara GO trains still bypass Hamilton in 2018

Seasonal GO train service to Niagara is set to start up again for the season, but like the last several years, these GO trains will not stop in Hamilton.

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.

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

2018 promotional map for the Niagara seasonal GO Train service with Hamilton notably missing.