Changes coming to GO Train lines that run through Mississauga
Metrolinx says it will increase service in September on GO Transit routes as part of the reopening of Ontario, with changes slated to be introduced on lines that run through Mississauga.
The company says the changes on its rail and bus lines are the most significant in its history, adding that service will change on most of its routes as schools and workplaces reopen.
It says there is an increasing number of customers returning to transit.
Here's a look at how lines that run through Mississauga will be affected:
Starting Saturday, Sept. 5, riders can expect service every 15 to 30 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hours and hourly (or better) in the midday, evenings and on weekends. According to GO Transit's website, all trains will continue to make all stops.
The Lakeshore West line has stops in Port Credit and Clarkson in Mississauga.
The site says weekday train service will return to West Harbour GO Station. There will be two morning eastbound trips from West Harbour GO at 6:13 and 7:13 a.m., arriving at Union Station at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Two afternoon westbound trips will depart Union Station at 4:45 and 5:45 p.m. and arrive at West Harbour GO at 6:03 and 7:03 p.m.
"We're keeping an eye on customer levels and continue to make adjustments to the length of our trains to match demand while using our resources efficiently. While most Lakeshore West trains will be six cars long, the increased trip options along the corridor will give customers more flexibility to spread across different trips and choose the one that works them," the site says.
The site says that starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, all afternoon rush hour Lakeshore West trips will depart from platforms 5 and 6 at Union Station.
Metrolinx is not yet offering weekday GO train service to or from Niagara Falls or St. Catharines (but service is available on weekends). GO Bus Route 12 serves Niagara Falls and St. Catharines and connects with Lakeshore West trains at Burlington GO.
The Kitchener line has one stop in Mississauga's Malton neighbourhood.
The website says that starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, Metrolinx is resuming some train service on the Kitchener line to give commuters hourly or better service during the rush hours, as well as evening trip options.
Service between Mount Pleasant and Union will be approximately every 30 minutes during the rush hours and at least hourly for most of the day.
The site says trains on the Kitchener line continue to be six cars long.
Starting Sept. 8, all afternoon rush hour Kitchener line trips will depart from platforms 7 and 8 at Union Station.
The Milton line has multiple stops in Mississauga, with stations in Lisgar, Meadowvale, Streetsville, Erindale, Cooksville and Dixie. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, Metrolinx is resuming some service on the Milton line to give commuters hourly or better service during the rush hours.
The site says there will now be one more morning and afternoon trip during the rush hours for a total of five each way.
Trains on the Milton line continue to be six cars long.
Starting Sept. 8, all afternoon rush hour Milton line trips will depart from platform 4 at Union Station.
Returning riders will see changes, including mandatory face masks while in transit. Metrolinx says it has also installed new wayfinding signs and seat dividers on many vehicles to provide more protection while travelling.
Riders should note that their trains may depart from different platforms than the ones mentioned on the website. Metrolinx says commuters should always check the departure board before heading to the platform.
To learn more, click here.
With files from The Canadian Press
Cover photo courtesy of GO Transit's official Facebook page
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