Ministry of Transportation
Province Nearly Doubling Weekly GO Train Trips Along the Line
Aurora, ON – Dec 12, 2017
Ontario is giving commuters and families in Toronto, York Region and Simcoe County more transit options by rolling out all-day weekday service along the Barrie GO rail line.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was at Aurora GO Station today with Chris Ballard, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora, to announce that starting January 2, 2018 the province is introducing new midday and evening weekday service between Union Station and Aurora GO Station. Combined with the existing service, travellers along this section of the Barrie GO line will now benefit from all-day train service, seven days a week.
The service improvements and enhancements along the Barrie GO line include:
- New hourly, two-way service between Union Station and Aurora GO Station during the midday and evenings, and extra morning, afternoon and late evening trips between Bradford GO Station and Union Station.
- Hourly weekend GO rail service starting December 30, 2017.
- All GO trains will serve the new Downsview Park GO Station, connecting to the TTC Line 1 subway extension to York Region.
Timed GO bus connections providing customers north of Aurora GO Station convenient access to the new GO train services.
The province is also cutting the cost of commuting for people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Starting in January 2018, adult, senior, youth and student commuters will pay a TTC fare of just $1.50 when they use a PRESTO card to transfer between GO Transit or the UP Express and the TTC.
Adding more GO service on the Barrie Line is part of the largest rail project in Canada as Ontario transforms GO from a commuter transit system to a regional rapid transit system. Weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from about 1,500 when the program began in 2015 to nearly 6,000 by 2024-25, with more all-day and 15-minute service coming to the Barrie Line.
Creating more transit options for commuters and families is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
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