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Buses replace trains along part of GO's Lakeshore West rail line, November 20, 21



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^ Image: Metrolinx

Metrolinx continues to improve the Lakeshore West rail corridor as part of the GO Expansion Program.


Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, GO Transit is temporarily replacing trains with buses along the 01 Lakeshore West line to accommodate construction. Buses replace most trains between Oakville GO Station and Union Station, except for two eastbound and two westbound trains Saturday evening. The buses stop only at Clarkson and Port Credit GO stations. GO isn’t operating buses or trains to and from Long Branch, Mimico or Exhibition GO stations.

Trains operate only between West Harbour GO Station and Oakville. Trains also don’t operate to and from Niagara Falls this weekend. Connect with buses along the 12 Niagara Falls / Burlington route at Burlington GO Station to travel to and from Niagara Region.

If you’re heading to the Toronto Maple Leafs game at Scotiabank Arena or another event in downtown Toronto Saturday night, GO is operating two trains to get you downtown and two more to take you home.

GO buses along the 12 Niagara Falls / Burlington, 16 Hamilton / Toronto express and 18 Lakeshore West routes operate with regular schedules.


Saturday, November 20
Sunday, November 21


Eastbound

  • No train service between Oakville and Union Station Bus Terminal, except for the trains starting in Aldershot GO Station at 4:55 and 5:13 p.m. Saturday. (They end in Union at 6 and 6:30 p.m. They drop off or pick up passengers in all stations.)
  • Buses operate between Oakville and Union terminal.
  • Buses leave Oakville hourly both days from 5:13 a.m. until 7:13 p.m.

Westbound

  • No train service between Union and Oakville, except for the trains starting their trips in Union at 10:35 and 10:50 p.m. Saturday only. (The trains end in West Harbour at 11:53 p.m. and 12:08 a.m. They drop off or pick up passengers in all stations.)
  • Buses operate between Union and Oakville.
  • Buses leave Union terminal hourly both days from 7:25 a.m. until 1:25 a.m.

Buses


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^ GO buses will help you get where you need to go during weekend track construction. Image, Metrolinx

To make sure that enough GO bus drivers are available for regular GO bus trips, Metrolinx says it’s working with Coach Canada to help get you where you need to go. Coach Canada and GO buses will be available at Oakville, Clarkson, and Port Credit GO station bus loops. GO staff will be on site to help guide you and answer your questions.

(GO has fewer drivers available than usual, due to the Metrolinx vaccine mandate.)

The Where’s My Bus service isn’t available for the replacement buses.

Eastbound

  • Replacement buses operate hourly from Oakville to Clarkson, Port Credit and Union from 5:56 a.m. until 11:56 p.m.
  • Buses don’t stop at Long Branch, Mimico or Exhibition.

Westbound

  • Replacement buses operate hourly from Union terminal to Port Credit, Clarkson and Oakville from 6:30 a.m. until 12:25 a.m.
  • Buses don’t stop at Exhibition, Mimico or Long Branch.

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^ Coach Canada buses supplement GO bus service this weekend. Image, Coach Canada


Alternate travel options


  • Travel options from Long Branch, Mimico or Exhibition to Union.
  • From Long Branch: Board an eastbound TTC bus along the 501B Queen route to Queen Street West and University Avenue. Transfer to Line 1 Yonge - University subway at Osgoode Station and travel southward to to Union Station. Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • From Mimico: Board a northbound TTC bus along the 76 Royal York route to Royal York Station. Transfer to an eastbound train along Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway. Transfer to Line 1 Yonge - University subway at St George Station and travel southward to to Union. Total time: 1 hour.
  • From Exhibition: Board an eastbound TTC streetcar along the 509 Harbourfront route to Union. Total time: 26 minutes.
  • Travel options to Exhibition, Mimico or Long Branch from Union:
  • To Exhibition: Board a westbound TTC streetcar along the 509 Harbourfront route to Exhibition. Total time: 26 minutes.
  • To Mimico: Board a northbound TTC train along Line 1 Yonge - University subway to St George. Transfer to a westbound Line 2 Bloor - Danforth subway train to Royal York. Transfer to a southbound bus along the 76 Royal York route. Total time: 1 hour.
  • To Long Branch: Board a northbound TTC Line 1 Yonge - University subway train (University branch) to Osgoode. Transfer to a **westbound streetcar along the 501L Queen - Long Branch route to Long Branch. Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Travel options from Port Credit to Long Branch, Mimico or Exhibition:
  • To Long Branch: Board a MiWay bus along the 23 Lakeshore route to Long Branch GO. Total time: 20 minutes.
  • To Mimico: Board a MiWay bus along the 23 Lakeshore route to Long Branch GO. Transfer to a TTC bus along the 110 Islington South route to Judson Street and Islington Avenue. Walk eastward along Judson. time: 20 minutes.
  • To Exhibition: Board the GO bus replacing train service at Port Credit GO to Union Station. Transfer to a TTC streetcar along the 509 Harbourfront route to Exhibition.

PRESTO fare cards


  • Tap on the devices in terminals when boarding and exiting the GO bus. Don’t tap on the machines in the station building.
  • If you’ve set a default trip on your card, override the default by pressing the “override” button on the device, then tap your card as you would normally.

Construction


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^ Construction crews use a large crane to place new tracks along the Lakeshore West Line near Long Branch GO - part of the Canpa switch plant. Image, Metrolinx

This weekend, crews are replacing older sections of track. According to GO, “These upgrades will improve train speeds, service life, and reliability.”

In particular, crews working on new signals between Mimico and Long Branch GO stations, where the tracks of the Oakville subdivision meet the Canpa spur. (The Oakville subdivision tracks carry GO’s Lakeshore West trains. The Canpa spur extends north and south to link the Oakville sub and the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Galt subdivision — GO’s Milton line.)

This is a particularly important location as it keeps GO trains running smoothly on the busiest line in the network. It also helps route trains into the Willowbrook rail maintenance facility and the nearby VIA Rail Canada maintenance facility.

Construction crews are also repairing a sinkhole near Mississauga Road. GO crews are working continuously from late Friday, November 19 until early Monday, November 22. Residents near the work site can expect to hear minor noise and vibration from trucks, excavators, backhoes and other construction equipment during this work. GO says, “This work is vital to ensuring service reliability.”

Crews can only work on these projects when trains aren’t operating along the tracks.

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^ Looking down the new tracks with unique concrete rail ties. Image, Metrolinx.


Metrolinx and GO plan to accommodate more passengers and increase service along the Lakeshore West line, as part of their GO Expansion Program (formerly “regional express rail”).