All-Day GO Train Service Between West Harbour, Union Station Starting Aug. 7
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The West Harbour GO station in Hamilton will provide an all-day GO train service to Toronto’s Union Station starting on August 7. Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney made the announcement outside the James St. North station in Hamilton Monday morning.
“For far too long, commuters in Hamilton have had to rely on Aldershot GO Station in Burlington to access Union Station. Better connecting regions throughout the province has been a goal for our government since day one, and that is why we are delivering this much-needed expansion of transit services into the City of Hamilton,” said Minister Caroline Mulroney. “The introduction of hourly train service each day of the week will give Hamilton residents another way to get to and from cities along the Lakeshore West GO line, helping drive long-term economic growth and job creation throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe.”
Starting August 7, GO train passengers will be able to easily ride to and from Hamilton’s West Harbour GO Station without needing to transfer at Aldershot GO Station. Commuters will have the convenience of a closer station with parking and bike racks, as well as increased access by walking, biking, and local transit.
“Families and commuters throughout Hamilton rely on West Harbour GO station and the Lakeshore West line to get around every day,” said Donna Skelly, MPP of Flamborough—Glanbrook. “With increased hourly two-way service between Toronto and Hamilton, it’s clear our government is committed to delivering the kind of transit services that people need and deserve.”
“All day GO Train service will better connect passengers making it more convenient to access public transit and commute to neighbouring cities. It will also make it easier than ever before for visitors to arrive here by train. In addition to being an important economic driver, with more businesses opening up travelling through this corridor, creating more flexible travelling options will contribute to a better quality of life for those accessing the GO.” Said Fred Eisenberger Mayor of Hamilton
The province also continues to work closely with the City of Hamilton and the federal government to advance the Hamilton LRT – Ontario’s fifth priority transit project. The Hamilton LRT is a shovel ready project that will support economic and population growth and spark investments across the region, providing benefits to the residents of Hamilton by improving connectivity to institutions and transit hubs including McMaster University, City Hall, Tim Hortons Field, Eastgate Square, and the employment centre of Downtown Hamilton.
LIVE: Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, and Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook, make an announcement about public transit improvements for Hamilton. https://t.co/fGkGDMIZ63
— Caroline Mulroney (@C_Mulroney) July 26, 2021
- The extension of service between Aldershot and West Harbour GO Stations will provide 28 new trips to and from Hamilton and Toronto on weekdays, with 14 trips in both directions, and 35 trips on each weekend day, with 16 eastbound departures and 19 westbound departures.
- With these new options, weekday commuters can work shifts, attend midday appointments, come home early or stay in the city late. On weekends, Hamilton residents can now connect to Toronto with a seamless ride from West Harbour GO, as the province reopens and activities and entertainment return.
- Since the pandemic began, Metrolinx has implemented more than 40 permanent safety actions to keep transit safe. That includes mandatory masks, clear plastic barriers between seats on trains and buses and hand sanitizer dispensers on vehicles and in stations.
- The Hamilton LRT is a 14-kilometre LRT line that will offer service from McMaster University to Eastgate Square.
- On May 13, 2021, Ontario announced a new federal funding commitment of $1.7 billion to advance the Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which matches Ontario’s $1.7 billion investment into the project for a total investment of $3.4 billion to support construction.