GO Transit service was further reduced in a context of approximately 90% fewer users during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The changes, which take effect today, will see service continue on all GO Transit train and bus lines, but the frequency will be reduced.
In some cases, trains on busy routes like the Lakeshore East line will now only run once an hour.
The Lakeshore West line will also primarily be reduced to one service per hour, but will operate every half hour during peak hours.
The UP Express, on the other hand, will continue to operate on a reduced schedule every 30 minutes.
“Transit is seen as an essential service to ensure that essential workers in hospitals, shelters, long-term care facilities and the food service industry can access their jobs. Metrolinx personnel on the front lines, in operations and in the incident command team, closely monitor traffic and where and when service is most needed, “said a GO Transit statement. “We are ready to quickly change service to ensure that clients can maintain an adequate distance and access their jobs.”
The TTC also reported a significant drop in ridership – estimated to be around 70% – but has not decided to cut service levels yet.