Category Archives: GO Transit

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

New Weekday GO Rail Service Planned Between Hamilton and the Niagara Region

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Ontario is planning to bring new weekday GO rail service between the future Confederation GO Station in Hamilton and the Niagara Region starting in 2021, with service to Niagara Falls by 2023.

Subject to a final agreement with CN Rail, Metrolinx will start the consultations, planning and design work required to implement the service including:

GO Transit schedule changes effective June 25th

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Major Lakeshore West schedule changes are coming for trains beginning on Monday, June 27th as GO Transit gets ready for some platform and track closures at Union Station coming in the near future.

With the changes, all Toronto-bound trains departing from both the Hamilton GO Centre and West Harbour GO Station have revised schedules. Scheduled departures to Hamilton’s two GO stations have also changed. However GO Transit has cancelled one change after calls to lessen the impacts of the change.

Here are the changes which start on Monday, June 27th.

New GO Bus between Brantford and Aldershot via McMaster starting in September

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GO Transit bus service will be expanding to Brantford this fall, travelling to Aldershot GO Station with a connection to McMaster University in Hamilton.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Brantford Transit today to make the announcement.

GO buses will run every hour during weekday peak periods and every two hours during weekday off-peak periods and on weekends. In total, there will be 26 trips every weekday and 18 trips on both Saturday and Sunday.

Brantford Transportation Announcement on Wednesday

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Premier Kathleen Wynne and Steve Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, will be in Brantford on Wednesay morning for a transit announcement. The announcement will be made at the Brantford Transit Terminal at 10:00 AM.

It’s believed that the announcement will be about GO Transit service for Brantford.

In February the provincial budget included a new dedicated GO bus linking the city of Brantford to GO train service.

The new GO bus is expected to travel during rush hour times to Aldershot GO station in Burlington. However frequency, exact hours of operation, and exact routing is not known. It is also unknown if the bus will have any link to the Hamilton GO Centre.

New GO Bus Facility Opens In Hamilton

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Today, the governments of Canada and Ontario, along with Metrolinx, celebrated the opening of a new GO Transit bus service and storage facility in Hamilton to accommodate future transit service growth in the region.

The new facility is strategically positioned to provide easy access to the highway network on which GO Transit operates and will make it easier for GO to provide timely, reliable and efficient transit service in the region.

GO Transit Fare Increase Effective February 1st, 2016

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At its meeting on Thursday, December 3, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved a GO Transit fare increase which will take effect on February 1, 2016. In a release it was stated that the fare increase will help GO “respond to increasing ridership demand by providing customers with more travel options, enhanced and reliable service, and well-maintained facilities and equipment.”

GO Transit will see about 71 million boardings this year compared to about 68 million in 2014.

Single adult fares for paper tickets will increase as below:

  • a 40 cent increase on fares between $5.70 and $6.50
  • a 50 cent increase on fares between $6.51 and $8.25
  • a 60 cent increase on fares greater than $8.25

Fares for children, students and seniors will also increase accordingly.

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.