Metrolinx unveils host of new service change options for the new year – Find out if you’re impacted by upcoming improvements

Both train and bus changes are taking place across the GO Transit network. Even those who fly out of Pearson Airport will have more possibilities in 2020. Most changes start on Jan. 11.

There will be 527,040 minutes to use up in 2020.

Metrolinx has announced pending schedule updates and additions that will give customers more options to save some of that time in the new year.

Here’s a breakdown of those changes, to see if you’re impacted by the new choices.

Image shows someone holding up a coffee cup next to a GO train.

Cheers – Metrolinx has unveiled new changes to certain GO trips, kicking off in January, 2020. (Metrolinx photo)

Starting on Jan. 11, Rouge Hill GO customers will have new peak express trip options to travel between work and home – quicker than usual. Four express Lakeshore East GO train trips will now stop at Rouge Hill GO Station:

      • The existing westbound trips arriving at Union at 6:55 a.m. and 9:25 a.m.
      • The existing eastbound trips departing Union at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Stopping existing trains at one more station means Metrolinx is able to offer more flexibility to an entire community without a significant impact to existing customers. These trips run express to and from Union Station, so Rouge Hill customers can save approximately nine minutes on their commute.

Trip and travel times for other stops may be adjusted by up to three minutes for some trips along the Lakeshore East line, including earlier departures.

Metrolinx is also adjusting some other GO schedules to maintain reliability and improve connectivity.

On the Kitchener line, the 3:35 p.m. westbound trip to Kitchener will now depart Union Station at 3:45 p.m., with times at other stops up to 11 minutes later for a more reliable schedule. The existing eastbound train, departing Kitchener GO at 2:57 p.m., will now stop at Weston and Bloor GO stations, arriving into Union Station four minutes later at 4:51p.m.

Two GO trains are seen on tracks.

GO trains prepare to move out on a cold winter morning. (Metrolinx photo)

Danforth GO customers will no longer have the Stouffville line train option at 7:28 a.m. They can instead take the Lakeshore East train four minutes later at 7:32 a.m. Removing this stop from that one trip will help keep trains running on time.

For Burlington areas residents, the existing Route 40 GO bus to Pearson International Airport will now stop at the Dundas St. and Hwy. 407 park-and-ride lot. This is a new option to park, ride and fly for up to five days without the expense of airport parking.

The Caledon and Bolton communities will continue to have Route 38 GO bus service as Metrolinx works with the Town of Caledon to further assess the service.

And there are changes to train and bus schedules, as well as departure platforms, at Union Station to improve how the entire network operates.

While all of those changes come into effect on Jan. 11, school GO bus service returns immediately following the holidays on Jan. 4. So there will be no excuses to miss a first day back.

2020 will be getting off to a quick start, as customers make choices for every one of those 527,040 minutes. And yes, as it’s a Leap Year with 366 days, the timing works.

Go here for a complete overview of the changes and everything else you need to know about travelling with us.