Category Archives: GO Transit

GO Transit Schedule Changes Effective January 2nd, 2016

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GO Transit will be making some service changes beginning in the new year, a select few of which will impact service in and around the city of Hamilton.

Starting January 2nd, 2016, GO Transit will introduce changes to a number of GO Bus trips. These include new trips on select routes, discontinuing a small number of trips with low ridership, and adjusting certain route stops and times.

New GO Service from Hamilton to Pearson Airport

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Beginning on September 5th, GO Transit will add direct service from the Hamilton GO Centre to Pearson International Airport in Toronto. In addition there will be more service added to route 47C serving McMaster University and the extension of routes 12 and 12A, which stop in Hamilton at the Barton and Nash Park and Ride.

Expanded to replace Route 47J, the 40 PEARSON AIRPORT EXPRESS GO bus will serve Hamilton GO Centre, Trafalgar Rd. at Hwy. 407, and Square One in addition to Pearson Terminal 1 and Richmond Hill Centre. The new expanded routing will have half-hour service during weekday rush hours, and hourly at all other times.

Route 47C 407 WEST – Three new weekday eastbound trips will depart McMaster University at 2:20 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. and arrive at Erin Mills Transitway Station at 2:55 p.m., 3:50 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. Service during weekday evening rush hour will increase to every half-hour.

West Harbour GO Station To Open July 9

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Ontario’s regional transportation agency, Metrolinx, is opening the new West Harbour GO Station in Hamilton this week in time for the Pan Am Games.

“We are committed to bringing more transit to the people of Hamilton. The West Harbour GO Station will also play a key role in getting soccer fans to and from games during the Pan Am Games. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, in a statement.

GO Train Service to West Harbour GO Starts July 9th [UPDATED]

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GO Transit has released their summer schedules which includes new service to the West Harbour GO Station, which is currently under construction on James Street North in Hamilton. Starting July 9th, regular weekday service to the new West Harbour GO Station will begin with two new trips to Union Station in the morning and two trips back in the evening.

While the news release states that there will be only two trains departing West Harbour GO in the morning and two trains arriving in the afternoon, there are an additional THREE trains arriving and FOUR trains departing from Hamilton’s newest station in the afternoon and evening. The additonal trains, which now begin on July 11th, are being scheduled to help handle spectators for the Pan Am soccer matches in July.

Below is a breakdown of the trains departing and arriving both the Hamilton GO Centre (HMGO) and the West Harbour GO Station (WHBR).

The extra trains added in support of the Pan am Games are shown in italics.

James North GO to be named West Harbour GO Station

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James North GO is no more.

A small change on the Metrolinx and GO Transit websites appeared recently, and the change was officially confirmed today by a rep from Metrolinx. The new GO station being built in Hamilton will be known as the West Harbour GO Station when it opens to the public this June. The name is followed by the note “formerly James North GO” in brackets.

The station has been commonly referred to as the “James North GO Station” referring to the street on which the station is located. That name was never confirmed to be the final name and since the Hamilton GO Centre is located on Hunter Street and James South, that name could cause confusion.

West Harbour GO is more in line with the naming conventions of other GO stations, which are typically named after the neighbourhood or area in which they are located and not their street address.

Similarily the proposed GO station on Centennial Pkwy in east Hamilton will be named Confederation GO.

Source: GO Transit, Metrolinx

Niagara GO Trains Won’t Stop in Hamilton

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GO Transit will be returning their seasonal GO trains service to Niagara Falls again this year. The service, as in previous years, will operate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays every weekend between July 3rd and September 7th.

Service begins with special service on Victoria Day weekend with service from May 15th – 18th with stops on the Lakeshore West line at Union Station, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington GO Stations, and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls VIA Station.

With the construction of the new James North GO Station in Hamilton, there was some expectation that this seasonal train service would add a stop in the city.

This apparently is not the case.

While the GO train will pass through Hamilton’s yet-to-be-completed station, no GO trains will stop in Hamilton.

GO Transit Will Relocate Bus Service from GO Centre to Hunter Street if HSR Strikes

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GO Transit plans to suspend service to the Hamilton GO Centre if the HSR goes on strike. An early message sent out Wednesday evening was sent out prematurely stating that this would happen effective tomorrow morning.

Service for routes 16 TORONTO-HAMILTON EXPRESS, 18 LAKESHORE WEST TRAIN MEET and 47 HWY 407 WEST would cease service to the Hamilton GO Centre if a strike were to occur.

Hamilton GO Centre to Stay Open Late Thru April 30th

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With the extreme cold weather alerts issued for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, GO Transit will be keeping the waiting area at GO Stations open daily until the last service arrives up until April 30th.

GO Transit Raises Fares February 1st

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Taking the GO will cost a bit more starting February 1st.

At its meeting on December 11, 2014, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved a GO Transit fare increase which will take effect on February 1st, 2015. The fare increase will partly be used by GO to improve and expand service, as well as respond to increased ridership demand.

“GO Transit is constantly working to enhance the services we offer,” reads the notice on thr GO Transit website. “Fare increases have allowed us to introduce more train service and add more buses to some of our busiest routes to ease crowding and provide customers with more travel options, more seats and a more comfortable trip.”

GO Service Changes starting January 3

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GO Transit will be seeing some service changes beginning on January 3rd, 2015. These service changes affect three of the routes which service the city of Hamilton, including the QEW Express bus.