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Beginning Oct. 18, Metrolinx will provide weekday GO Transit service between London, Ontario, and Union Station in Toronto.
The pilot project will include one train trip leaving from London in the early morning, and one return trip in the evening. The new service will extend beyond GO Transit’s Kitchener line and include stops in St. Marys and Stratford, Ontario.
VIA Rail Canada provided the use of its stations and CN provided access to its corridor for the new service.
Providing GO Transit service to southwestern Ontario for the first time adds 80 miles of track across one of the province’s fastest-growing regions, said Metrolix President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Verster in a news release.
"By extending service to London, we’re building a transit network that will help better move people and better connect communities for decades to come," he said.
The province is working with VIA Rail and CN to extend service and explore ways to improve the speed and frequency of passenger-rail service, Ontario officials said.
Increasing options for passengers traveling between London and Toronto is one of more than 40 actions in Connecting the Southwest: A Draft Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario. The Southwestern Ontario Transportation Task Force — which was formed in January — is exploring opportunities to build an integrated transportation system across all modes, including rail, bus and local transit services, Ontario officials said.