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    Niagara still going for GO

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Region Chairman Alan Caslin is continuing to push for regular Toronto to Niagara Falls GO train service to be up and running in time for the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

    However, Metrolinx — the arm’s-length provincial agency that operates GO Transit — isn’t committing to any changes to its originally proposed timetable.

    “We are aware of the request to launch service by 2021 instead of 2023 as promised, but it’s too early to say at this point,” said GO spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins, adding Metrolinx is going to provide a full update on GO expansion in the fall.

    Gates wants province to commit to GO timeline

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Wayne Gates is calling on the province to commit to a timeline to extend GO Train service to Niagara.

    “The inclusion of GO to Niagara in the 2016 Budget was a positive step forward and highlights the hard work done by local mayors, councillors, and our Regional Chair,” the Niagara Falls MPP said. “The expansion of GO Train services to Niagara is not about scoring political points.”

    GO in Niagara gets budget mention

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    GO Transit expansion to Niagara had a notable mention in Thursday’s provincial budget.

    It cited an extension of GO rail service to Niagara and Bowmanville as the “next generation of infrastructure investments” for the province as it works with stakeholders.

    It would also be subject to agreements with freight rail partners.

    St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley hailed the announcement as a very positive next step on the GO file.

    “I’m certainly pleased it was actually mentioned specifically in the budget,” Bradley said. “As our local representatives would know, our minister has indicated in the first half of the year there will be a more specific direction given in this regard.”

    Falls GO Transit stop moves to VIA station

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    From Niagara This Week:

    GO Transit has changed its stop for bus service in Niagara Falls.

    Earlier this month, GO buses changed to serving the Niagara Falls bus terminal at Bridge and Erie streets, across the street from the old location, the Niagara Falls VIA Station.

    Take the GO Train to watch tight-rope walk across Niagara Falls

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    From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Canada Finance:

    GO Transit will operate a special event train for passengers to experience a unique tight-rope walk across Niagara Falls. Nik Wallenda will attempt to cross the natural wonder on an 1,800-foot wire on the evening of Friday, June 15.

    GO will run a train from Union Station at 3:30 p.m. to arrive in Niagara Falls at 5:34; events around the Falls are due to begin in the early evening. Following the event, the return trip will leave Niagara Falls at 12:01 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 2:04.

    GO to Niagara Falls

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    From GO Transit:

    Our seasonal excursion train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto is starting up again!

    In addition to our year-round bus service, passengers can take the train between Toronto and Niagara Falls starting Victoria Day weekend. The trains will be stopping at Union, Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls stations.

    For 2011, this service will run on the following weekends:

    • Victoria Day weekend (May 20–23, 2011)
    • June 24 – September 5, 2011
    • Thanksgiving weekend (October 7–10, 2011)

    Summer GO’s here to stay

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The weekend GO trains which ran into St. Catharines and Niagara Falls during the past two summers will become a regular occurance.

    Earlier this month, GO Transit announced the summer service, which saw four trains a weekend coming to the region from Toronto, will become a part of its regular network.

    This means the trains will once again begin arriving next May.

    Bring GO to Niagara Falls, says Region

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Regional council has asked GO Transit to find a way to extend daily train service to Niagara Falls.

    Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of GO Transit, is studying a possible expansion of the popular commuter service into Niagara.

    GO is looking at four different expansion routes, including one that follows the northern peninsula CN rail line all the way to Niagara Falls.

    But GO officials have said that route may require a costly bridge over — or tunnel under — the Welland Canal to avoid ship traffic. GO is also considering an option that would see the train stop in St. Catharines, with travelers boarding buses to continue to the Honeymoon Capital.

    But at Thursday’s meeting, regional council approved a staff recommendation to push for train service all the way to Niagara Falls — and beyond, possibly to Fort Erie.

    GO trains returning for tourism season

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The return of GO Transit trains to Niagara Falls is “absolutely wonderful,” says Niagara Falls woman Denise Kurek, one of the first passengers aboard last summer’s “excursion train” to Toronto as the provincial agency tested weekend service between Ontario’s two most popular tourism destinations.

    “We don’t like driving to Toronto,” said Kurek, who travelled with her husband, Bernie, to go to the theatre last June, on the first day of GO’s temporary service between the two cities.

    After GO announced Thursday its summer train service would resume May 21, Kurek said they hope to take their seven-and eight-year-old sons on the train to take in Toronto sights.

    “We want to be able to take the boys this year, maybe to some baseball games, the zoo and the island,” she said.

    GO Transit experiment exceeds expectations

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    More than 43,000 passengers used GO Transit’s “excursion train” to travel between Niagara Falls and Toronto, according to figures released by the provincial transit agency. The summer weekend and holiday service ended on the Thanksgiving holiday Monday, considered the end of the traditional tourism season. There were 833 passengers on Saturday, the start of the three-day weekend. On Sunday, there were 588 and 658 on Thanksgiving.

    In total, 43,646 people used the Niagara-Toronto GO train on 36 service days between June 27 and Oct. 12. It means the average number of passengers per day was 1,212.

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