GO Transit reduced service announced as ridership drops 90%

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Metrolinx is reducing service after reporting a 90% reduction in GO Transit ridership in the past month. The company has already removed fewer trains and buses from the schedule, and they are on the verge of taking off. Go Transit’s reduced service means that starting April 8, main trains will only run every 60 to 90 minutes.

According to a statement posted on their blog, “most stations will continue to be served – somewhat less frequently.” Usually trains run every half hour or less.

“Staff will closely monitor all routes and can add more services if necessary,” said the Metrolinx release.

Bus schedule changes, as well as train schedules, are posted on their website, so you can double check how your route is affected.

“We are also monitoring the numbers closely to ensure that we can maintain a physical distance on all of our vehicles and routes,” said their statement.

Anne Marie Aikins tweeted the update earlier today and contacted front-line workers who may have problems with the changes.

“Ask our healthcare professionals to review the schedule as soon as possible and let us know if it doesn’t work for you.” We want to make sure that we get you to your jobs on the front line, ”she wrote in a tweet.

It seems that the reduction is that the service will be flexible and staff controlled. They will add more trains and buses as needed. The UP service will operate every 30 minutes.

At the moment, it seems that the most sustainable option is to limit the number of trains and buses.

As social distancing continues to be practiced in Ontario, photos of empty trains and buses were shared online. A big difference with the crowded trains and the crowded platforms that we are all used to.

Metrolinx has also taken a precautionary measure of physical distance to allow a maximum of 18 passengers in an area of ​​72 seats, according to their statement.

Customers are requested to use one seat per quadrant of four and avoid the door and standing spaces.



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