Service changes on GO Transit amid pandemic lockdown

Buses will replace trains on Barrie line weekends, weekday evenings

GO Transit is changing some schedules beginning next weekend following the province’s stay-at-home order.

Metrolinx says there will be several temporary service changes that will impact weekend and evening GO Transit customers.

Beginning on Jan. 23, buses will replace trains on the Barrie line during weekday evenings and weekend periods.

Metrolinx says the service adjustments will make better use of resources while demand is low.

“As Ontario enters a newly announced state of emergency, GO Transit and UP Express service will still run as public transit is an essential service – however public health guidelines recommend travel be limited to essential trips only,” according to a Metrolinx blog post.

The weekday evening and weekend changes from trains to buses will also impact the Stouffville and Kitchener lines.

Metrolinx says as Ontario starts to recover, and more customers return to GO and UP (UP Express), services will be adjusted and reinstated to meet demand.

Overall ridership on Metrolinx is down by more than 90 per cent.