Category Archives: GO Transit

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

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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

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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

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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.

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.