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GO buses temporarily replace trains along Lakeshore East line, November 26, 27, 28



Metrolinx continues working to enhance the 01 Lakeshore East* line, as part of the GO Expansion Program.


Starting the evening of Friday, November 26 until the end of service Sunday, November 28, GO Transit os replacing trains with buses along the entire 09 Lakeshore East line due to construction.

GO says,

“These service changes allow us to carry out important construction work to improve rail infrastructure. The Rouge River Bridge, a 117-year-old piece of critical infrastructure, is undergoing rehabilitation… to support increased future GO service. This project is expected to finish in summer 2022.

“Additional rail crossing rehabilitation, track infrastructure, and accessibility upgrades are also happening at Eglinton GO Station to improve train speeds, service life, and reliability.

“This construction work can only be completed if trains are not running in the construction area.”

This weekend, GO trains along the 71 Stouffville line stop at Scarborough and Danforth GO Stations to provide extra service for passengers travelling to and from the stations during construction.

Buses and trains don’t operate to and from Eglinton, Guildwood and Rouge Hill GO stations late Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Regular train service resumes Monday, November 29.

Rouge river bridge construction.jpg

^ The 117-year-old Rouge River bridge is an important part of the Lakeshore East GO Line. Image, Metrolinx


Trains


Friday, November 26

Westbound

  • The train that usually leaves Oshawa at 9:20 p.m. is the last train this weekend. It drops off or picks up passengers at all stops to Union Station, ending its trip in Union at 10:20 p.m.
  • After 9:20 p.m., buses replace the trains. Buses leave at the same time as regular train time from Oshawa GO, stopping at Whitby, Ajax and Pickering GO stations and then operating express — without stopping — to Union Station Bus Terminal

Eastbound

  • The train that usually leaves Union Station at 9:05 p.m. is the last train this weekend. It serves passengers in all stations, ending its trip in Oshawa at 10:05 p.m.
  • After 9:05 p.m., buses replace the trains. All buses leave Union terminal as much as five minutes later than regular train times. They operate express to Pickering, and then serve passengers in all stations to Oshawa.

Saturday, November 27
Sunday, November 28

Westbound

  • Buses replace all trains.
  • Buses leave Oshawa as much as five minutes later than regular train times. They stop in Whitby, Ajax and Pickering and then operate express to Union terminal.

Eastbound

  • Buses replace all trains.
  • Buses operate leave Union terminal five to 25 minutes later than regular train times. They operate express between Union and Pickering, then drop off or pick up passengers at all stations to Oshawa.

Buses


  • **GO has hired Coach Canada to help get you where you need to go due to an ongoing shortage of employees. By hiring Coach Canada, GO can make sure that its bus drivers are available to operate GO buses and maintain regular service,
  • Coach Canada buses will be available at Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering GO station bus loops to get you to Union Station Bus Terminal.
  • GO staff will be on site at each station to help guide you and answer your questions.
  • The Where’s My Bus application isn’t operating for the replacement buses.

Coach Canada - Megabus.jpg

^ GO passengers may be riding a bus that looks like this one, as Coach Canada is helping fill the gap during construction work. Image, Metrolinx


PRESTO fare cards


  • Passengers who have set up default trips on their PRESTO cards need to override their default by pressing the “Override” button on the PRESTO device, then tap your card as you would normally.

Westbound

  • Tap on the PRESTO machine at your bus loop and tap off on machines at your destination.

Eastbound

  • Tap on the device at your originating station when boarding trains. Tap off at the PRESTO machine at your destination.

Alternate travel options


  • Trains and buses don’t operate to and from Eglinton, Guildwood and Rouge Hill this weekend.
  • GO has suggested alternate travel options:

  • Toward Union Station from Rouge Hill

  • Board a westbound TTC bus along the 38 Highland Creek route to Scarborough Centre Station and transfer to a southbound train along Line 3 Scarborough. At Kennedy Station, transfer to a southbound GO train along the 71 Stouffville line to travel to Union Station.
  • Board a westbound TTC bus along the 38 Highland Creek route to Scarborough Centre Station and transfer to a southbound train along Line 3 Scarborough. At Kennedy Station, transfer to a westbound Line 2 Bloor - Danforth train to Yonge Station. Then transfer again to a southbound train along Line 1 Yonge - University.
  • Board a westbound TTC bus along the 38 Highland Creek route to Kingston Road and Deep Dene Drive. Transfer to a westbound bus along the 86 Scarborough route. At Kennedy Station, transfer to a westbound Line 2 Bloor - Danforth train to Yonge Station. Then transfer again to a southbound train along Line 1 Yonge - University.
  • Toward Union Station from Guildwood or Eglinton
  • Board a westbound TTC bus along the 86 Scarborough or 116 Morningside routes to Kennedy Station. At Kennedy, transfer to a southbound GO train along the 71 Stouffville line to travel to Union Station.
  • Board a westbound TTC bus along the 86 Scarborough or 116 Morningside routes to Kennedy Station. At Kennedy Station, transfer to a westbound Line 2 Bloor - Danforth train to Yonge Station. Then transfer again to a southbound train along Line 1 Yonge - University.
  • Toward Pickering GO Station from Rouge Hill
  • Board a westbound TTC bus along the 85A Sheppard East route to Port Union and Kingston Roads. Transfer to an eastbound Durham Region Transit bus route along the 900 PULSE Highway 2 route to Kingston and Liverpool Roads. Walk southward to Pickering GO Station.
  • Toward Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa GO stations from Rouge Hill
  • Board a westbound TTC bus along the 38 Highland Creek route to Scarborough Centre Station. Transfer to an eastbound GO bus along the 96 Oshawa / Finch express route. Route 96 buses stop in the bus terminals at all three GO stations.

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