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Storm stranded passengers so GO offers credits

After Tuesday’s torrential rains delayed or stranded train passengers traveling along GO Transit’s 09 Lakeshore East and 01 Lakeshore West lines, GO is apologizing to riders by offering a credit refund, according to today’s Toronto Star.

Stormwater seeped under the Canadian National Railway tracks between Port Credit and Long Branch GO Stations, jeopardizing the foundation. GO stopped train service after 6 p.m. when CN decided that operating trains was unsafe.

Already by late afternoon, two-and-a-half feet (about 0.8 meters) of water flooded Mimico GO Station, stranding passengers on the platform as GO crews pumped water out of the parking lot.

The Long Branch GO Station also was flooded. After 6 p.m. when trains stopped operating, perhaps as many as 1,500 passengers waited at Long Branch for shuttle buses to carry them further along the line to where trains could safely operate.

The Star reports that passengers can receive a credit by taking their Tuesday ticket or a pass to GO’s customer service centre at Union Station.

GO trains are operating normally today.