No Service from Mimico to Union Station on November 21st and 22nd, 2015

English: The station building of Mimico GO Sta...

The station building of Mimico GO Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GO Transit has announced that there will be no GO train service between Mimico GO station and Union Station on November 21st, and 22nd, 2015.  The City of Toronto is replacing bridges on Dunn Ave. and Dowling Ave. over the train tracks that GO trains operate on the Lakeshore West line.

Trains will continue to operate between Aldershot GO station and Mimico GO station.  GO buses will provide a bridge service between Port Credit GO station and Union Station.  However, passengers are warned that there may be long lines for the bus service, and delays may be caused.  Long Branch and Mimico passengers are encouraged to use the TTC.

GO Transit will also offer service along the Milton line on the weekend, with trains operating in each direction every three hours.

Normal service returns first thing Monday morning.

The only question is why Port Credit GO station is being used for the transfer to the bus service, instead of Long Branch GO station.

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Remembrance Day 2015

In honour of Remembrance day, many transit agencies in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will be offering free rides to veterans, or to a relative of a deceased veteran.

Veterans are asked to wear their uniform, or provide identification showing their service in our armed forces.  Family members of deceased members are asked to provide documentation of their relationship with a veteran who has passed away.

Agencies who have announced a free ride policy for veterans on Remembrance Day include:

Brampton Transit
Burlington Transit
Guelph Transit
GO Transit
Hamilton Street Railway (HSR)
Misissauga Transit (MiWay)
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
York Region Transit (YRT)

To all veterans: A big thank you for your service and your courage.  For all the families of deceased veterans: our thoughts are with you.

Lest We Forget!

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GO Transit to Temporarily Decrease Evening Service

English: A GO Transit commuter train on the La...

A GO Transit commuter train on the Lakeshore West line. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GO Transit has announced that it will be reducing evening service along the Lakeshore West Line over the next two months.

The work will be done in order to allow for GO Transit, which owns the majority of the Lakeshore West line, to replace rail ties along the route.

Work will be done overnight, but will affect service starting at 8 p.m. Continue reading

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GO Transit Niagara Service

Niagara Falls 2015 006GO Transit has brought back its Niagara Excursion Service for the Thanksgiving long weekend.

The service is offered between Toronto’s Union Station and Niagara Falls with stops at Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, and St. Catharines.

Friday night, October 9th, sees an eastbound GO train depart Niagara Falls at 8:40 p.m., arriving in Toronto at 10:44 p.m. Continue reading

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Union-Pearson Express Averaging 2,500 Customers Per Day

Metrolinx, the Ontario Government agency which operates the Union-Pearson Express (UPX), has announced that the UPX is carrying 2,500 passengers per day on average.  This is down from an average of 3,250 passengers per day when the service began.

Metrolinx has stated that it plans to average 5,000 passengers per day by the end of UPX’s first year of service. Continue reading

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Veterans Ride Free on Warriors’ Day

English: GO Transit train at Exhibition Station

Exhibition Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As is common practice for Warriors’ Day at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), veterans of the Canadian military ride free on many of the local transit agencies.  A veteran will be allowed to bring a companion with them.  The free ride also applies to families of deceased veterans with some agencies.

Veterans should wear their uniforms, medals, or something that would specify that he/she is a veteran.  Families of deceased veterans should bring some sort of identification. Continue reading

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Union Station’s Bay Concourse Closes

English: Union Station, Toronto

Union Station, Toronto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As of today, August 16th, 2015, GO Transit is closing its Bay Concourse at Toronto’s Union Station.  This is to allow for GO Transit and the City of Toronto to work on renovating this portion of Union Station.

Work is scheduled to take two years, however based on how the station is coming along overall, it may take longer.

During construction, passengers will be able to access the platforms either through VIA’s concourse, or through GO Transit’s new York Concourse on the west end of the lower area of Union Station.  Both the York and Bay Teamways, which both are equipped with PRESTO machines, will remain open during the construction period.

For access to platforms, the following options will be available:

VIA Concourse:  Platforms #4, #5, #8, #9, #12-#27.

York Concourse:  All platforms, except #3.

York East & West Teamways:  All platforms, except #3.

Bay East & West Teamways:  All platforms, except #3.

Access to the subway and PATH system will remain.

Let’s hope everything goes as planned and we can look forward to a new Bay Concourse in 2017!

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