April 22, 2013

Go Transit goes half-hourly on Lakeshore lines

Written by 
  • Print
  • Email
Go Transit goes half-hourly on Lakeshore lines Balcer

GREATER Toronto and Hamilton area commuter rail operator Go Transit has announced plans to effectively double off-peak services on its Lakeshore East and Lakeshore West lines from June.

At present services average one train per hour on the Lakeshore East line from Toronto Union to Oshawa and the Lakeshore West line from Union to Hamilton, although peak services operate at 25-minute headways.

Ontario transportation minister Mr Glen Murray announced on April 19 that from June 29, 18 additional services will operate on weekdays on the Lakeshore East line, with 19 extra trains from Toronto to Hamilton. Weekend services will also be stepped up and the summer weekend trains from Toronto to Niagara Falls introduced in 2009 will resume on June 29.

According to regional Toronto and Hamilton area transit authority Metrolinx, Go Transit has witnessed average annual growth of 5-7% in commuter rail ridership over the last decade, and trains have been extended from 10 to 12 cars to cope with rising demand.

Get the latest rail news

IRJ Rail Brief newsletter covers global railway news