Province Announces More Rush-hour, Midday and Evening Service for Waterloo Region and Ontario

Published on December 13, 2019

August 15, 2019

Toronto – Ontario is adding nearly 150 weekly GO train trips – 84 new weekly train trips and extending 65 existing weekly trips — across GO Transit’s network to bring more rush-hour, midday, and evening service to get people moving.

“We’re delivering on our promise to expand transit in Ontario by offering more service, more trains and more choice for GO customers,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “For GO Transit, this means an expansion program that will transform GO into a comprehensive two-way, all-day rapid transit system with service every fifteen minutes on core segments of the network.”

Starting August 31, 2019, Metrolinx will add 84 new weekly GO train trips across the Kitchener, Lakeshore East and Lakeshore West GO train lines, and extend 65 weekly trips across the Lakeshore West, Kitchener and Stouffville lines. These new and extended train trips represent an eight per cent increase in GO train service over the past year.

On the Kitchener GO Line, this will mean 50 additional trains, with 5 new trains operating from the Kitchener GO station. This includes a 2:57pm afternoon and an 8:57pm night trip from Kitchener to Union, and a new 12:53pm train from Union that will arrive in Kitchener at 2:47pm. Also, the 6pm train from Union will now be express to Bramalea, saving 20 minutes of travel time to Kitchener.

This additional service represents extending some existing trips all the way to Kitchener GO:

  • The 12:53 p.m. westbound trip from Union will now make all stops to Kitchener and arriver at 2:47 p.m.
  • The 9 a.m. eastbound trip from Mount Pleasant GO will now start in Kitchener at 7:57 a.m.
  • The 3:52 p.m. eastbound trip from Mount Pleasant GO will start at Kitchener at 2:57 p.m. and will depart eight minutes later at all stations.

Also the introduction of a couple late-night trips such as:

  • A new 9:53 p.m. trip from Union Station will make all stops to Kitchener GO, arriving at 11:47 p.m.
  • A new 8:57 p.m. trip from Kitchener GO will make all stops to Union Station, arriving at 10:51 p.m.

“Expanding GO Transit delivers on our promise to make Ontario Open for Business and Open for Jobs,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris. “Our government has heard loud and clear that Two-Way, All-Day GO is a top priority for Waterloo Region, this announcement to add five more trains including a 2:57pm and 8:57pm from Kitchener is a substantial step forward.

“The new midday, peak and evening services we’re adding across the GO Transit network will make taking the GO more reliable and give customers more choice when planning their trips,” said Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA). “We’re building a transportation system that puts people first by offering them transit options that fit their schedule, whether they’re meeting up with family and friends, staying late at the office or wanting to get home early.