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GO trains head for Barrie, December 17



On Monday, December 17, for the first time since July 5, 1993, GO trains will roll into the City of Barrie.

GO Transit’s new Barrie South GO Station, just northeast of Mapleview Drive and Yonge Street in the former village of Painswick, will host four morning trips to Union Station and four evening trips from Union Station every Monday to Friday . The four morning and four evening GO train trips that currently operate between Union and Bradford GO Stations on GO’s 65 Barrie-Bradford route will now serve Barrie South.

The new station is accessible to passengers who use wheeled mobility devices and has about 480 parking spaces.

On Monday-to-Friday mornings, trains will leave Barrie South at 5:43, 6:15, 6:45 and 7:15 a.m. Extending the line northward results in trains leaving Bradford four minutes later than they do now. Starting December 17, trains will leave Bradford at 6:06, 6:36, 7:06 and 7:36 a.m. Morning trains will leave all other stations on the line at the same time as they do now. They will also arrive at Union Station at the same time as they do now: 7:15, 7:45, 8:15 and 8:45 a.m.

On Monday-to-Friday evenings, trains will leave Union Station at the same time as they do now: 4:10, 4:40, 5:17 and 6 p.m. At all stations on the line as far north as East Gwillimbury GO Station, the evening trains will arrive at the same time as they do now. Evening trains will arrive at Bradford seven minutes earlier than they do now at 5:21, 5:51, 6:28 and 7:11 p.m. They will arrive at Barrie South at 5:45, 6:15, 6:55 and 7:35 p.m.

Most south- and northbound buses operating on GO’s 65 Barrie-Bradford route between the Barrie bus terminal and Newmarket GO bus terminal will now serve the bus loop at Barrie South GO Station and the stop on the street beside Bradford GO Station. GO buses will no longer serve the stop in Barrie on Yonge Street (Highway 11) at Mapleview Drive. Barrie Transit will revise its services to allow passengers to connect to GO trains. Barrie Transit passengers with a valid GO ticket or pass can ride Barrie Transit buses free to or from the GO station.

On Monday-to-Friday mornings, Barrie passengers will also be able to travel on GO buses leaving the Downtown Barrie Terminal to connect with the trains at Barrie South GO Station. Buses on the 65 Barrie-Bradford route leave the Downtown Barrie Terminal at 5:15, 5:40, 6:10, and 6:35 a.m., stopping at Barrie South GO Station approximately 15 minutes later. The buses travel along Bradford Street, Essa Road, Burton Avenue and Yonge Street to the train station, then continue to Newmarket.

Also on Monday-to-Friday mornings at 5:45 and 6:15 a.m., express GO buses on the 65 Barrie-Bradford route will leave the Downtown Barrie Terminal and travel along Essa Road, stopping at the parking lot at Essa and Highway 400. These buses will continue southward along Essa and Ardagh Roads, Ferndale Drive, and Essa and Innisfil Beach Roads and Highway 400, connecting with the GO train at King City Station.

On Monday-to-Friday evenings, Barrie passengers will be able to travel on GO buses leaving Barrie South GO Station to connect with other Barrie Transit buses at the Downtown Barrie Terminal. Buses from Newmarket operating on the 65 Barrie-Bradford route leave Barrie South at 5:56, 6:26, 7:03 and 7:46 p.m. and travel along Yonge Street, Burton Avenue, Essa Road and Bradford Street to the Downtown Terminal.

Also on Monday-to-Friday evenings, express buses on the 65 Barrie-Bradford route meet the GO train at King City Station at 5:28 and 6:33 p.m. and travel along Highway 400, Innisfil Beach Road, Essa Road, Ferndale Drive, Ardagh and Essa Roads to the Downtown Barrie Terminal, arriving at 6:05 and 7:10 p.m.