Express GO Trains start to return on Lakeshore West

Reinstating express trips between Hamilton and Toronto, plus other minor schedule changes.

Metrolinx is reintroducing some express service on the Lakeshore West Line.

Starting Oct. 31, there will be two additional rush hour trips departing in each direction between Hamilton GO Centre and Union Station.

If you aren’t familiar with how express trains work on the Lakeshore West Line – these trains bypass Exhibition, Mimico, Long Branch, and Port Credit GO Stations.

This shortens the total trip between Hamilton and Toronto by about 20 minutes.

A train heads toward Union Station
A GO train heads toward Union Station. (Metrolinx photo)

Lakeshore West express trips

  • Eastbound express trains will leave Hamilton GO Centre at 5:51 a.m. and 6:21 a.m., arriving at Union Station at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

  • Westbound express trains will leave Union Station at 3:47 p.m. and 5:47 p.m., arriving at Hamilton GO Centre at 4:58 p.m. and 6:58 p.m.

With the addition of these trips, some existing Lakeshore West service will also be adjusted.

  • The 5:30 p.m. westbound trip from Union Station to Hamilton GO Centre will depart 30 minutes earlier at 5 p.m., making all stops, and arriving at Hamilton GO Centre at 6:24 p.m.
  • The 5 p.m. westbound trip from Union Station to Niagara Falls will depart 30 minutes later, at 5:30 p.m., arriving at Niagara Falls GO at 8:05 p.m. A reminder that there is no GO train service at St. Catharines station until spring 2023 due to track work.

Minor schedule adjustments

There will also be some minor schedule changes on the Lakeshore West and Kitchener Lines starting Oct. 31 and Nov. 5.

The full details will be available on the GO Transit website.

Be sure to check your schedule before you leave and plan your trip ahead of time. 

What’s next?

This is the third time this month Metrolinx has added GO Train service.

And it doesn’t stop there.

Metrolinx continues to monitor ridership and add service and adjust schedules to serve customers better. The transit agency is ramping up in phases, with more to come.

At the same time, this fall there will be construction along many GO lines to help build and maintain critical infrastructure.

Use gotransit.com or triplinx.ca to plan your trip and check out the GO service updates page before you leave for real-time service details.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx News editorial content manager