Hamilton, Ontario to see all day GO train service for the first time this August

July 27, 2021
The new service, starting Aug. 7, will bring six times as many trains per week to Hamilton and help riders save 20 minutes.

Residents in Hamilton, Ontario, are set to receive all day GO train service for the first time staring Aug. 7, when hourly service between West Harbour GO in Hamilton and Toronto’s Union Station begins.

Metrolinx will also reintroduce two morning eastbound trips from Hamilton GO Centre to Union Station and two afternoon westbound trips between the stations.

Metrolinx says the new service will bring six times as many weekly trains to Hamilton versus pre-COVID-19 service. Additionally, riders will save approximately 20 minutes on a single seat train rider versus taking the GO bus to Aldershot Go to catch a train.

“We’re so pleased to be able to offer more GO train service to transit riders in Hamilton,” said Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster. “Today’s news is a key step forward in our continued commitment to enhance GO service and transit connections in Hamilton as we build a transit network to support the region’s needs for decades to come.”

Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney explains the provincial government has had a goal of providing better regional connections throughout the province.

“The introduction of hourly train service each day of the week will give Hamilton residents another way to get to and from cities along the Lakeshore West GO line, helping drive long-term economic growth and job creation throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe,” said Minister Mulroney.

Earlier this year, the government of Canada and the province agreed to cover the cost of the proposed Hamilton Light Rail Transit project with each providing up to C$1.7 billion (US$1.4 billion) for the 14-kilometer (8.7-mile) line planned between McMaster and Eastgate.

In addition to more GO train service to Hamilton, Metrolinx will offer increased GO service on the Lakeshore East, Kitchener, Barrie and Stouffville GO lines. Lakeshore line customers will have more frequent peak and midday travel options. And customers on the Barrie, Kitchener and Stouffville lines will have more options on weekday evenings.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.