New Morning and Evening Train Service Will Start Four Years Ahead of Schedule
St. Catharines, December 14, 2018 - Ontario's Government for the People continues
to deliver on its promise to get people moving faster by adding regular weekday
GO train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines for the first time.
Today, Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, Kinga Surma, Parliamentary Assistant
to the Minister of Transportation, Sam Oosterhoff, MPP Niagara West, along with
Leslie Woo, Chief Planning and Development Officer, Metrolinx, visited the rail
station in St. Catharines to announce that the government will introduce long-asked-for
weekday GO train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines on the Lakeshore West
"Our government is keeping our promise to get people moving and make life better
for everyone in Ontario by expanding GO train service to Niagara Falls," said Yurek.
"We are working with our railway partner, CN, to use the existing rail infrastructure
to expand GO Transit service for people in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines four
years sooner than promised."
Beginning on January 7, 2019, people travelling by GO Transit between Niagara Falls
and Toronto's Union Station will benefit from a new morning trip with an evening
return every weekday. The morning train that currently starts from West Harbour
station in Hamilton at 6:39 a.m. will now start in Niagara Falls at 5:19 a.m., stopping
at St. Catharines before continuing on to Toronto. In the evening, the existing
train from Union Station at 5:15 p.m. to West Harbour will continue on to serve
St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.
"This is great news for people in Niagara Region," said Oosterhoff. "Weekday GO
train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto will help connect the region and
create new business opportunities."
"We are very excited to introduce this essential commuter rail service to this market.
Regular weekday GO trains have never operated out of Niagara Falls or St. Catharines
before," said Leslie Woo, Chief Planning and Development Officer of Metrolinx. "This
is new territory and a sign of more great things to come."
"Today's announcement is a demonstration of our commitment to improving the transportation
experience and getting people moving. We make every decision with the customer –
the Ontario taxpayer – in mind. Our Government for the People looks forward to continuing
to provide better transportation across the province," said Yurek.