Go Transit to increase service starting in September

Aug 17 2020, 1:37 pm

The GO Transit will increase service in September to match ridership demand.

On Monday, the transit agency said that starting September 5, there will be an increase in service as more riders are expected with the return to school and more workplaces reopening.

Most of the GO train and bus schedules are changing as Metrolinx “restores or adjusts” service to meet passenger demand.

“All train lines and most bus routes will be affected; however, customers will have to wait an extra week for returning weekend service on the Barrie line. That starts up again on Sept. 12, so crews can get in one more weekend of construction on the line,” the release says.

The service changes of note include the following:

  • GO is resuming some train service all week on the Lakeshore East and West lines to ensure customers have service every 15 to 30 minutes during rush hour, and hourly or better in the midday, evenings, and weekends.
  • On top of the Lakeshore West line additions, Hamilton GO train customers will benefit from the reintroduction of two morning eastbound trips from West Harbour GO to Union Station and two afternoon westbound trips from Union Station back to West Harbour GO.
  • GO is resuming some rush hour service on all lines (Milton, Barrie, Kitchener, Stouffville, and Richmond Hill) to ensure customers have hourly or better service during peak periods.
  • Stouffville weekend trains return. GO is bringing back weekend train service along the Stouffville GO line to give people the flexibility for weekend getaways.
  • Weekend train service along the Barrie GO line is back (and now throughout most of the day between Aurora and Toronto) on September 12, to give people the flexibility for weekend getaways.

The list of bus services adjusted is long, so check the updated GO Transit schedule to make sure you’re up to date on how the changes impact you.

Metrolinx reminds riders that they will be required to wear non-medical face coverings on vehicles and inside stations.

There’s also new wayfinding to help riders get around and seat dividers on many vehicles to give them more protection while travelling.

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