Ontario Government Announces 25% Increase in GO train service from Kitchener

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17 December 2018

Kitchener, Ontario—today the Hon. Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, announced faster and more frequent GO Transit train service between Waterloo Region and the Greater Toronto Area.

"We are now increasing service to Kitchener GO by 25 per cent and there will be more news to come," said Minister Yurek. "This is an important step as we continue working with CN to deliver more service and offer two-way, all-day GO train service for people on the Kitchener line as soon as possible."

"The new service on the Kitchener GO line offers people more flexibility and more choices when planning their commute,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “I am proud to be a part of a government that is taking real action to expand our infrastructure and deliver Two-Way, All Day GO transit to Waterloo Region.”

Starting on January 7, 2019, people travelling by GO Transit between Kitchener and Toronto's Union Station will benefit from additional GO train service every weekday morning and afternoon, with a new trip option for customers in Kitchener, Guelph and Acton.

A morning trip that currently begins at Georgetown GO Station will now begin at Kitchener GO Station at 5:40 a.m., stopping at Guelph and Acton GO stations before continuing to serve all stops to Union Station, arriving at 7:43 a.m.

The existing trip that currently leaves Union Station at 3:35 p.m. and ends at Georgetown GO Station will extend to Kitchener GO Station, stopping at Acton and Guelph GO stations before arriving in Kitchener at 5:43 p.m.

The Toronto – Waterloo innovation corridor is home to 15,000 tech companies and one of the world’s most sophisticated financial sectors. A rapid and frequent rail solution could save $20 billion in passenger travel time savings, road maintenance cost avoidance and reduced congestion, according to local advocacy group Connect the Corridor.

“Amy Fee, Belinda Karahalios and I have been clear to Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation that Two-Way, All-Day GO must happen to boost economic activity in Waterloo Region, the announcements made by our government are clear steps in that direction,” said Harris.