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Metrolinx reducing service along all train lines and bus routes, starting March 18

Update — Friday, March 27, 9:01 a.m.: Metrolinx advises that it may operate some trains with fewer coaces, starting today. That means you may board or exit from trains at a different location than usually.

Also, starting today, some trains may leave from different platforms than usually at Union Station. Make sure your check departure boards before heading to the platform to board your train at Union.

Metrolinx has announced it is reducing GO Transit train and bus service and Union Pearson express train service to support Government of Ontario action and to protect Ontarians from COVID-19, starting Wednesday, March 18.

“Our key consideration is ensuring our services can continue and our employees and customers are safe,” said Metrolinx president and chief executive officer Phil Verster. “We want to ensure there is a reliable and sustainable plan for service to continue over the weeks to come.”

“GO and UP Express are vital to our region,” Verster said. “Every route we serve, we will continue to serve.”

Metrolinx says it’s reducing services to be in line with the likely reduction in ridership due to March Break, school closures and the significant shift in many organizations’ work-from-home policy.

“Our customers will still get the same safe experience, our Transit Safety and customer service teams will continue to be available to help customers get where they need to go. Our teams will also maintain the increased level of cleaning on our vehicles and stations.”

According to Metrolinx, it’s also working with municipal transit authorities across the region to co-ordinate transit and offer the best travel choices for passengers.