More GO trains coming to Waterloo Region by 2016
Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:39PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:36PM EDT
GO trains will be making more stops in Waterloo Region by the end of 2016, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Tuesday at a news conference.
Wynne made the announcement while at a lunch event hosted by the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
In total, four new daily trips between Kitchener and Toronto are expected – two during peak morning travel times and two during peak afternoon hours.
It was not immediately clear how many trips would go in each direction, although the province says the trips will mean ‘two-way’ service.
Currently, two trains depart Kitchener for Toronto in the morning and return in the afternoon.
“We are committed to improving connectivity between Waterloo Region and the GTHA,” Wynne said in a press release.
“We know that we need to make smart investments in modern infrastructure in order for every region across the province to prosper and reach its full economic potential.”
In addition to the new trips, the province’s announcement included the building of a new train layover facility and upgrades to the rail line that would mean faster travel times for local GO trains.
“This will greatly enhance economic activity in our region, reduce commute times for families, and create new jobs,” said Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy in the release.
One of the new trips could be an express service shaving 20 to 30 minutes off of current travel times, the premier said.