Lakeshore East GO Trains replaced by buses this coming weekend

Metrolinx is encouraging customers to plan ahead this weekend as Lakeshore East Line GO Train service is replaced by buses due to track construction. One important note, replacement buses will only stop at Durham Region GO stations. With lots of events happening in and around the city, including a Toronto Raptors playoff game, the transit agency is working hard to proactively inform customers.

Beginning the late evening of Friday, April 22 until end of service on Sunday, April 24, there will be no Lakeshore East Line GO Train service due to important construction work.

Construction crews are upgrading the Rouge River Bridge and doing other critical track work along the line that can only be done safely while trains aren’t running.

Metrolinx News has all the info on what this means for GO customers looking to get in and out of Toronto this coming weekend.

  • No Lakeshore East GO Train service from late Friday April 22 until end of day Sunday April 24
  • GO buses will be available instead of the usual train service for Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa GO Stations
  • Customers at Rouge Hill, Guildwood, Eglinton, Scarborough, and Danforth GO will need to take the TTC to get downtown – click here for specific trip information
Image shows a GO train.
Lakeshore East Line GO Train service will replaced by buses this weekend. (Metrolinx photo)

More details on Lakeshore East service adjustments

Friday, April 22:

Eastbound to Oshawa

  • The 10:35 p.m. train from Union Station trip will be the last train to run all stops to Oshawa GO
  • Starting at 11:05 p.m. buses will replace train service
  • The last buses will depart at 1:30 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. and run as normal
  • Replacement buses will not service Danforth, Scarborough, Eglinton, Guildwood and Rouge Hill GO. Click here for transit alternatives

Westbound to Union Station

  • The 10:40 p.m. train from Oshawa GO will be the last train to run all stops to Union Station
  • Starting at 11:10 p.m. buses will depart at the same time as regularly scheduled train trips from Oshawa GO, stopping at Whitby, Ajax and Pickering GO and then running express to Union Station Bus Terminal
  • Replacement buses will not service Rouge Hill, Guildwood, Eglinton, Scarborough and Danforth GO

Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24:

Eastbound to Oshawa

  • All trains will be replaced with bus service
  • Bus replacements will depart Union Station Bus Terminal between 5-25 minutes earlier than regularly scheduled train times
  • Buses will then run express to Pickering GO and make all stops to Oshawa GO
  • Replacement buses will not service Danforth, Scarborough, Eglinton, Guildwood and Rouge Hill GO
  • The last buses departing at 1:30 and 2:19 a.m. will run as normal

Westbound to Union Station Bus Terminal

  • All trains will be replaced with bus service
  • Buses will make all stops to Pickering GO and then run express to Union Station Bus Terminal
  • Replacement buses will not service Rouge Hill, Guildwood, Eglinton, Scarborough and Danforth GO
A bus moves along a side road.
Make sure to check your schedule before heading out this weekend. (Metrolinx photo)

How to pay for your trip:

For people heading to Union Station Bus Terminal, customers should tap their PRESTO card on the replacement bus and then tap off when their bus arrives at Union Station Bus Terminal. The same goes for trip home. Tap on at Union Station Bus Terminal and tap off at the end of the trip.

Where is the new Union Station Bus Terminal?

The bus terminal at Union Station is located at 81 Bay Street in Toronto at the north-east corner of Bay and Lake Shore Blvd.

Need a step by step guide? Click here.

To access the terminal from outside – enter via the main entrance on Lake Shore Boulevard just east of Bay Street or the entrance on the east side of Bay Street, across from Scotiabank Arena.

A look inside the new Union Station Bus Terminal – which uses a zone boarding system. (Metrolinx image)

If you’re coming from Union Station, you can take the indoor pedestrian bridge over Bay Street that connects to the bus terminal from Scotiabank Arena.

Once you’re there, check departure boards before proceeding to your boarding zone and gate.

There is no train or bus service at Rouge Hill, Guildwood, Eglinton, Scarborough, and Danforth GO during this service disruption. If you are looking to take transit, your best bet is taking the TTC.

Metrolinx recommends customers plan ahead to make sure they know where to catch their bus.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx editorial manager