Weekend GO train update: No construction on Lakeshore West Line as cleanup from incident is completed on Lakeshore East

Repair work is now complete on the Lakeshore East GO Line following a fatal incident involving a worker last weekend – with train service resuming tomorrow (Dec. 5). Over on the Lakeshore West Line, there is no construction work planned this weekend (Dec. 3-5), and will run on the regular schedule. Taking transit to an event this weekend? Here’s what you need to know.

*Editors note: this story was updated on Saturday Dec 4. at 7:00 p.m. with information on the Lakeshore East Line reopening*

Starting tomorrow morning (Dec. 5), GO train service will resume on the Lakeshore East Line. All of the repair work has been finished following the fatal workplace incident near Pickering GO Station.

GO Transit will be running hourly service on the Lakeshore East Line, however there may be some delays and cancellations.

GO customers can Use the GO Transit trip planning tool or find station specific schedules here. GO also recommends checking the GO Transit website for updates.

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Lakeshore East GO train customers will be affected this weekend as crews continue to make repairs near Pickering GO following a workplace fatality.  

Meanwhile, Lakeshore West GO train service will run on the regular weekend schedule.

Due to the tragic incident that happened near Pickering GO last weekend (Nov. 27) and the subsequent investigation, the Lakeshore East GO Line continues to operate on a modified schedule.

Lakeshore East trains will run on one modified schedule until Friday (Dec. 3), and then a weekend modified schedule for Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 4-5).  

Here is what you need to know if you are taking the Lakeshore East Line this weekend:

Friday Dec. 3:

The same adjusted weekday schedule remains in place along the Lakeshore East Line, that has been running since the incident happened on Nov. 27.

That means GO trains will be running between Union Station and Guildwood GO, and between Pickering GO and Oshawa. Buses will shuttle customers between Guildwood and Pickering.

All Lakeshore East Line stations will have service.

GO train sitting at a station platform

Saturday Dec. 4 and Sunday Dec. 5:

Eastbound to Oshawa

  • GO trains will only operate on an hourly schedule with service between Union Station and Guildwood GO every hour from Union Station.
  • For Guildwood, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa GO customers, bus replacements will run express from Guildwood GO every hour to Pickering GO and then make all stops to Oshawa GO.

Westbound to Union Station

  • GO trains will only operate on an hourly schedule with service between Guildwood GO and Union Station every hour from Guildwood.
  • For Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering and Guildwood GO customers, bus replacements will run express from Oshawa GO and make all stops to Pickering GO then run express to Guildwood GO.

There will be no train or bus service at Rouge Hill GO. Customers are encouraged to travel directly to Guildwood, Eglinton or Scarborough GO to take the train service between Guildwood GO and Union Station if they are able.

Stouffville Line service will also add stops at Danforth and Scarborough GO this weekend to provide customers with additional transit options.

Why are the repairs taking so long if the incident happened last weekend?

Due to the nature of the incident, the Ministry of Labour had to investigate. Lifting and removing the rail truck and the ballast car required a great deal of expertise and once removed, it was discovered the damage to the track was much more extensive than first thought.  

A team of experts has now carried out the incredibly delicate and complex operation of lifting the rail maintenance car and truck involved in the incident. Now that it’s been moved, Metrolinx has started the work of repairing the damaged tracks.  

With many events happening in and around Toronto this weekend, including a Toronto Argos playoff game and the Distillery Winter Village, Metrolinx knows thousands of customers are depending on transit to get there and back safely.

The transit agency acknowledges delays and bus transfers are frustrating and will update customers whenever new information comes in.

As always, GO customers can or find station specific schedules here.

For all of the upcoming construction impacts to GO train service, check back with Metrolinx News for the latest details.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx News editorial team