GO train service to expand to London, Stratford and St. Marys in October – .

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GO train service to expand to London, Stratford and St. Marys in October – .


A pilot project starting October 18 will see GO Train service expand to London, Ontario, as well as Stratford and St. Marys.

As part of the project, Metrolinx will offer weekday trips between London and Toronto, with an early morning ride to Union Station and a late evening round trip.

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“It’s basically the first phase. We look forward to building on the launch of this pilot project, ”Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney told Global News.

“It will be two weekday trips, one departing from London early in the morning and going to St. Marys and Stratford along the Kitchener Corridor to Union Station, then an afternoon trip leaving Union Station and back. in London.”

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A trip from London to Toronto will take around four hours, while it will take around two hours to get from London to Kitchener.

Asked what future phases might bring, Mulroney said Doug Ford’s government is seeking feedback from riders and his Southwestern Ontario Transportation Task Force, which is chaired by the mayor. from London, Ed Holder.

“In the past, the transportation policy was set at Queen’s Park and we want to do it differently.

The pilot offers another route to Toronto, after Greyhound Canada ceased operations in May. Since then, Megabus has started offering daily trips between London and downtown Toronto.

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London Mayor Ed Holder thanked the province for “making progress in our vision of more transport connections” in the region.

“Londoners need and deserve access to increased transportation options, and by expanding GO’s rail service to southwestern Ontario, we are delivering on our promise to improve economic productivity and business opportunities,” while supporting healthier and more connected communities. “

Ticket prices have yet to be finalized, although Mulroney says there will be three different fares depending on whether the traveler is heading to St. Marys, Stratford or Toronto.

“We will have more information on this before the service launches on October 18th. “

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Unlike VIA Rail, GO train passengers will not have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We have health and safety protocols in place, so all Ontarians who want to use GO can feel safe while participating,” said Mulroney.

“Of course, I encourage anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to go and get vaccinated. This is the best way to keep you and your community safe.

These health and safety protocols include more space between chairs and seats, dividers between seats, and hand sanitizers on the train.

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The province said in a statement it was working closely with VIA Rail and CN to expand service and “explore ways to improve the speed and frequency of passenger rail service.”

Additionally, the province adds that the Southwestern Ontario Transportation Task Force will continue to look for ways to “build an integrated transportation system” through a variety of transportation options, including rail. and the bus.

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