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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

City Planning Shuttles for the Pan Am Games

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It’s still in the planning stages, but the city is looking towards providing shuttle service during next year’s Pan Am Games. The buses will be used to shuttle spectators from the new James Street North GO station, the Hamilton GO Centre (Hunter Street) and the Pan Am Stadium. The shuttles would run on a circuit approximately 2-hours before each game and 2-hours after.

The city is also in the planning stages to provide game-day shuttle service, similar to the free Tiger-Cat Express buses.

“The message for the Games is that we are encouraging spectators to utilize public transportation and active transportation alternatives instead of using a car to enjoy the soccer events in Hamilton,” Alan Kirkpatrick said via email. “With a game-day ticket, spectators can ride public transportation for free, including GO Transit, HSR and the shuttle.”

James North GO Station Construction Begins this Spring

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Track level rendering of the James North GO Station

GO Transit will start construction of the James North GO Station very soon and has erected a sign on the property with the above image. The city has also posted on their website that Stuart Street, between Bay Street and MacNab Street will be closed for one week beginning on Monday for “GO Transit works.”

The station will be located at 353 James Street North right across from LIUNA Station, the former CN train station which served trains before GO Transit moved operations to Hunter Street and VIA removed Hamilton as a stop. The station will be built in two phases. The first phase involves constructing a new station building, fully-accessible north and south rail platforms, a Kiss & Ride, new parking lot, a bus loop and pedestrian/bicycle pathways. Once that phase is completed in the summer of 2015, the second phase will involve constructing pedestrian bridges or tunnels to provide more convenient customer access to the train platforms.