As new rail bungalows are built – Upcoming weekend service changes to take place on GO Transit’s Lakeshore East rail line

Schedule adjustments, needed to accommodate upgrades at Manse Road and Beechgrove Drive – including the installation of two new intermediate signal bungalows and two new crossing bungalows – will take place from Nov. 6 to 8. With the aim of creating more reliable service, the work can only be done when the trains aren’t in service. Read on to find out how this may impact your travel plans.  

We get it, taking on more change to your routine is hard. But fortunately, this one is temporary, as important upgrades take place along GO Transit’s popular eastern rail line.

There will be some adjustments to Lakeshore East train service on Friday, Nov. 6, to Sunday, Nov. 8, to accommodate track signal work between Guildwood GO Station and Rouge Hill GO Station. The upgrades include installation of new structures – intermediate signal bungalows and two new crossing bungalows. A ‘bungalow’ is a shelter for rail controls, and helps relay information and instructions. They are among the many inanimate unsung heroes that get riders where they need to be.

GO Trains sitting at the Whitby Rail Maintenance facility on the Lakeshore East Line
GO Trains passing through and sitting idle along the Lakeshore East Line, in this file photo. The important route will be getting upgrades, that will impact weekend train service. (Metrolinx photo)

So some trips will depart later than usual and some train trips will be cancelled and replaced by GO buses.

Plan ahead so you know what your transit options are.

And here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • If you’re using PRESTO, tap on the device when boarding and exiting the GO bus. Don’t tap on the machines at the station.
  • Avoid lining up at the station. Load money onto your PRESTO card using the PRESTO App, or buy your ticket online.
  • Face coverings are essential to keeping everyone safe and are mandatory on GO Transit. Be sure to properly wear it so that it covers your nose, mouth and chin while in stations, on platforms and for your entire train or bus ride.
  • Wash your hands often. When you can’t, hand sanitizer is readily available along your journey.

Regular train service will resume Monday, Nov. 9.

For schedules or more information, simply go here. And sign up for On the GO email/text alerts, and follow @GOtrainsitLE on Twitter.

While most of us don’t need more shifts in our routines or habits, this upcoming work will lead to better service and a more reliable journey for GO customers. So this change is nettlesome but necessary.

Story by Fannie Sunshine, Metrolinx advisor, Social Media and Issues Management