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GO cancels Lakeshore West trains east of Port Credit
due to flooding

Update — 9:34 p.m.: GO has now reinstated train service on the 01 Lakeshore West line after it re-opened a single track between Port Credit and Long Branch.

Passengers can still expect delays as normal service gradually returns. Both GO and CN crews continue to work to return the tracks into service so that everyone can get home as soon as possible.

In the meantime, GO is:

  • stopping the train that left Union Station at 7:43 p.m. for Aldershot at Burlington GO Station. The train was already 68 minutes late from Oakville because of the earlier unsafe operating conditions along the tracks; and
  • operating buses between Burlington and Aldershot GO Stations to replace the cancelled train.

On the 09 Lakeshore East line, GO is also cancelling the train that usually leave Union at 8:13 p.m. for Oshawa because of it had earlier problems eastbound between Port Credit and Long Branch. It has also cancelled the train that usually leaves Union at 9:41 p.m. for the same reason.

Torrential rains earlier this afternoon have destablized the CN track foundation carrying GO Transit’s 01 Lakeshore West trains between Port Credit and Long Branch Stations. GO is running trains only between Port Credit and Aldershot Stations.

(The heavy rainfall also flooded out the York Street west entrance at Union Station. Passengers can use all other doors to the station.)

GO has cancelled train service between Mimico and Port Credit GO Stations and, instead, it’s providing shuttle bus service between the stations. Passengers heading east of Mimico should travel by TTC to get to Union. GO is also accommodating passengers on shuttle buses between the Aldershot GO Station and the Hamilton GO Centre.

GO is now:

  • operating shuttle buses between Union and Port Credit to allow passengers to connect with the trains from Port Credit.
  • holiding the train that left Union at 5:34 p.m. for Hamilton at Long Branch. The track situation has delayed the train for more than 70 minutes.
  • cancelling the train that usually leaves Union at 5:43 p.m. for Burlington at Mimico. GO is operating shuttle buses between Mimico and Port Credit.
  • stopping the train that left Oakville at 5:30 p.m. for Union at Port Credit. Delay is now 75 minutes.
  • stopping the train that left Burlington at 6:14 p.m. at Oakville GO Station.
  • cancelling the train that leaves Union at 7:43 p.m. for Aldershot.

On the 09 Lakeshore East line, the train that left Union at 6:43 p.m. for Oshawa is now delayed 17 minutes Eglinton Station eastward because of the risk of unsafe track conditions between Long Branch and Port Credit.

The torrent also resulted in some flooding of downtown Georgetown. GO is operating buses along the 31 Guelph - Georgetown - Union route only to and from Georgetown GO Station. All buses are skipping the stop at Main and Wesleyan Streets in central Georgetown.

Earlier this afternoon, around 4:45 p.m., GO informed riders that the rains had flooded the tunnel and parking lot at Mimico GO Station. As a result, eastbound passengers could not leave the train at Mimico. GO was recommending passengers on any other eastbound train get off the trains at Long Branch to continue their commute by transfering to the TTC’s 501 Queen streetcar service or continue to Union Station and then transfer to a westbound train to return to Mimico.

(Some Transit Toronto readers pointed out that the floods also affected the streetcar service with some of the cars stranded around Kipling Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West. That meant that passengers who left the GO train at Long Branch would have been waiting in vain for streetcars that wouldn’t arrive for quite some time!)

Also around 4:45 p.m. GO issued a similar message to its passengers traveling to Long Branch Station. The rain had also overwhelmed the tunnel at that station, too, so GO was advising eastbound passengers to leave the train at Port Credit GO Station, where GO was operating shuttle buses to take the passengers towards Union.

(The same Transit Toronto readers pointed out that the two messages contradicted each other because, if they followed the Mimico message, they would have ended up in a flood situation at Long Branch, anyway.)

(As it turned out… all train service between Port Credit and Mimico ended shortly afterwards…)