Weekend GO Train service beefed-up for Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington riders

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Published July 2, 2021 at 9:08 pm

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Wait times for weekend and holiday GO Trains for Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington travellers will be cut in half starting this weekend.

Metrolinx has announced that 30-minute intervals will return for trains on the Lakeshore West Line on July 10 as the transportation system begins to ramp up service to pre-pandemic levels.

According to a spokesperson for Metrolinx the trains have been stopping at stations on the line hourly for the past year as service slowed due to the pandemic as people largely stayed at home.

“Many people were working from home and not much else was open so there wasn’t a great demand for service,” explained Anne Marie Aikins of Metrolinx. “A lot of the scheduling was done to meet the needs of essential workers to make sure they could continue to get to their jobs.”

In the weeks and months ahead Metrolinx will have its work cut out as it tries to determine if ridership will return to the levels it had before the pandemic.

While downtown workplaces are expected to re-open and the entertainment variety that Toronto offers will likely return, some believe the process will be a slow one as former GO transit users have new routines and priorities.

“One thing we have learned during the pandemic is that you have to be able to shift your plans at any time,” she said. “And that’s what we are doing. We are trying to get ready for whatever comes next.”

Aikins said because of the different arrival and departure times at each station, it is best to check the GO schedule for up-to-date times.

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