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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.

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.

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

Revised GO bus Platforms at Hamilton GO Centre starting April 2nd

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Beginning Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 GO Transit will be revising their bus platforms used at the Hamilton GO Centre. All GO buses which currently operate out of the downtown bus terminal will have new departure platforms as of Saturday morning.

Currently GO Transit has four routes operating from the Hamilton GO Centre and uses platforms 6 thru 9 for these routes. As of April 2nd platform 6 will no longer be used and platform 10 will be used instead. The current set up has 40 RICHMOND HILL (Pearson Airport) using platform 6, route 47 HWY 407 WEST using platform 7, route 16 UNION STATION (EXPRESS) using platform 8, and route 18 ALDERSHOT uses platform 9.

Below are the revised platforms as of April 2nd.

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.

Hamilton Pan Am Shuttle Schedules Released

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While the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games are still a few months away, the schedule for the game day shuttles have been revealed on Metrolinx’s new trip planner Triplinx.

The shuttle will run on a ten minute frequency departing the West Harbour GO Station. The shuttle will travel south on James Street North, east into the Hamilton GO Centre. The shuttles will then run as an express to the stadium via John Street South, Main Street East, Gage Avenue North and King Street East. Shuttles will let off passengers at the Scotts Park Loading Zone.

Return shuttles will travel along King Street, north on Bay Street, east on Strachan and then south on James Street North beside the West Harbour GO Station.

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.

Hours for Customer Service at GO Centre Reduced Effective February 12th

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Effective Thursday, February 12th the HSR Customer Service counter at the Hamilton GO Centre will see its service hours reduced. The counter’s new hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 8:30am until 4:30pm, which are the previous operating hours before they were extended on August 19th, 2013.

“The hours are being reduced because the extended hours have proven not to be needed,” explained Robin, a customer service representative for the Hamilton Street Railway. “An analysis was done and shows passengers attending the Centre between 4:30 & 8 are minimal, therefore not warranting additional staff to man the centre during those hours.”

The customer service desk previously stopped selling paper tickets and passes. The PRESTO fare card, which can be loaded at the HSR counter, can also be loaded across the concourse at the GO Transit counters.