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Transportation: GO Transit

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GO Transit


Contents


  • Introduction
  • Integration With Other Transit Systems
  • Key Attractions by GO
  • Sample Fares & Travel Times
  • Customer Service & Information
  • Security & Safety
  • Access for Persons with Limited Mobility
  • GO Trains
  • online Schedules
  • Introduction

    GO Transit is a provincial crown agency which runs the commuter buses and trains, linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and carrying more than 50 million passengers a year. The GO Transit vehicles are all a distinctive green and white colour, and their 2-level commuter railcars have been in use since 1978 [more about fleet]. It was begun in 1967, and today covers 90% of operating costs through transit fares [Fare Calculator]. Transit users must pay their fare with either exact change, tickets (sold in books of 10), or show a monthly bus pass.


    GO Transit routes serve not only Toronto's downtown core, but provides access to a number post-secondary institutions including McMaster University (Hamilton), Durham College, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and York University.


    Communities served by GO Transit include:

    GO Station at King City

    West of Toronto

    North of Toronto

    East of Toronto

    Guelph
    Hamilton (A)
    Burlington (A)
    Milton (C
    Oakville (A)
    Orangeville
    Brampton (D)
    Mississauga (A)

    Barrie (E)
    Pefferlaw
    Georgina
    East Gwillimbury (E)
    Aurora (E)
    Newmarket (E)
    Sutton
    Keswick
    King (E)
    Richmond Hill (F)
    Vaughan (E)
    Unionville (G)
    Stouffville (F)

    Ajax (B)
    Durham Region
    Pickering (B)
    Whitby (B)
    Oshawa (B)
    Bowmanville



    Integration with other Transit systems
    Guelph Transit
    519-822-1811
    FoundLocally transit info | GT Link
    Many Guelph Transit routes serve St. George's Square near the Guelph Bus Terminal; however, Guelph Transit does not have any special discount for GO passengers.

    GO Train rail yar at Islington Hamilton Street Railway
    905-527-4441, TTY: 905-528-0394
    FoundLocally transit info | HSR Link
    A monthly Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) sticker is available to GO Transit monthly pass holders for travel to and from the Hamilton GO Centre (also good for travel across the HSR system). The sticker costs $15 per month and can be purchased at the Hamilton GO Centre.

    Burlington Transit
    905-639-0550
    FoundLocally transit info | BT Link
    GO riders with valid tickets or passes pay 50 cents per ride to travel on Burlington Transit to and from Appleby, Burlington, or Aldershot GO Stations. The fare arrangement with GO only applies when GO riders board Burlington Transit buses within the city of Burlington.

    Milton Transit
    905-815-2020
    FoundLocally transit info | MT Link
    GO riders with valid tickets or passes pay 50 cents exact cash per ride to travel to and from Milton GO Station on Milton Transit.

    Oakville Transit
    905-815-2020
    FoundLocally transit info | OT Link
    GO riders with valid tickets or passes pay 50 cents exact cash per ride, or $20 monthly (the GO with Gus pass), to travel on Oakville Transit to and from the Oakville, Bronte, or Clarkson GO Stations. Oakville Transit's monthly pass can be purchased at Oakville, Bronte, or Clarkson GO Stations.

    At Oakville station, you can also show your GO ticket or pass from GO's Hwy. 403 or York University Hwy. 407 bus services to receive the lower fare on Oakville Transit.

    Orangeville Transit
    519-941-0440 ext. 289
    FoundLocally transit info | OT Link
    Orangeville Transit does not have any special discount for GO passengers.

    Brampton Transit
    905-874-2999
    FoundLocally transit info | BT Link
    GO riders with valid tickets or passes pay 50 cents exact cash per ride to travel on Brampton Transit to and from Malton, Bramalea, Mount Pleasant, and Brampton GO Stations, or downtown Brampton's Bus Terminal, .
    At Bramalea GO Station, you can also show your GO ticket or pass from GO's York University Hwy. 407 bus service to receive the lower fare on Brampton Transit.

    Mississauga Transit
    905-615-INFO (4636) TTY: 905.615.3886
    FoundLocally transit info | MT Link
    GO riders with valid tickets or passes pay 55 cents exact cash per ride to travel on Mississauga Transit to and from Long Branch, Port Credit, Clarkson, Dixie, Cooksville, Erindale, Streetsville, Meadowvale, and Malton GO Stations. Show your valid GO ticket or pass to the bus driver to receive the discounted fare. A $22 monthly sticker is also available to GO monthly pass holders. The sticker is sold at the stations mentioned above, plus Union Station, Hamilton GO Centre, Burlington, Appleby, and Oakville GO Stations (but not at Square One).

    Region of Peel Transhelp
    905-791-1015
    FoundLocally transit info | BT Link
    Registered Transhelp riders who show their valid GO ticket or pass pay 50 cents exact cash per ride for travel on Peel Transhelp to and from Brampton GO Station.

    Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
    Tel: 416-393-INFO (4636), TTY: 416-481-2523, TTC WheelTrans: 416-393-4111
    FoundLocally transit info | BT Link
    Passengers travelling one way on TTC first, then on GO Transit, then on TTC again may use a TTC transfer for their second TTC ride.

    York Region Transit
    York Region Transit Bus 905-762-2100, 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978)
    FoundLocally transit info | BT Link
    GO riders with valid tickets or passes pay 50 cents exact cash per ride to travel to and from GO stations in York Region on York Region Transit (YRT). A $20 monthly sticker is also available to GO monthly pass holders.

    At Langstaff, Unionville, Centennial, and Markham GO Stations, you can show your GO ticket or pass from GO's York University Hwy. 407 bus service to board YRT services for 50 cents.

    YRT customers travelling on GO's Sutton bus service can ride using valid YRT tickets, passes, or transfers between Newmarket and Pefferlaw. See Schedule Some trips on this route require a two-zone YRT fare (zone border at Bloomington Road/15th Sideroad) Regular GO fares apply for Sutton GO Bus service trips that extend south of Newmarket or east of York Region into Port Bolster and Beaverton, for all GO Train services, and for customers paying with cash. For more details on the YRT local fare agreement, please contact YRT.

    These are the GO Train stations in YRT's service area:

    • Aurora
    • Centennial
    • East Gwillimbury
    • Langstaff
    • King City
    • Maple
    • Markham
    • Milliken
    • Mount Joy
    • Newmarket
    • Richmond Hill
    • Rutherford
    • Stouffville
    • Unionville
    • York University

    Durham Region Transit
    1-866-247-.0055
    FoundLocally transit info | DRT Link
    Customers travelling within Durham Region can ride on GO Transit buses with a DRT ticket, pass, or transfer. Customers can also transfer quickly and easily between all DRT buses and GO Buses with a DRT ticket, transfer, or pass. Regular GO fares apply for bus travel that extends outside Durham Region, for all GO Train services, and for customers paying with cash.
    Customers with a valid GO fare can also take advantage of the fare integration program. This allows customers riding on DRT to or from the Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, and Rouge Hill GO Train Stations to pay a reduced fare.
    GO riders with valid GO tickets or passes pay 65 cents exact cash per ride, $6.25 for a 10-ride pass, or $25 for a monthly pass to travel on DRT to and from Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, and Rouge Hill GO Stations.
    More about transfers between GO and Durham Region Transit

    Key Toronto Attractions
    There several major attractions in Toronto that can be conveniently reached via GO Train:

    • Air Canada Centre (ACC) - Union Station
    • Canada's Wonderland - Buses from York Mills and Yorkdale
    • Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) - Exhibition GO Station,
    • CN Tower - Union Station
    • Hockey Hall of Fame - Union Station,
    • International Centre - Malton bus stop, Malton GO Station
    • Metro Toronto Convention Centre - Union Station
    • Metro Toronto Convention Centre - Union Station
    • Molson Amphitheatre - Exhibition GO Station
    • National Trade Centre - Exhibition GO Station
    • Ontario Place - Exhibition station
    • PATH shopping - Union Station
    • Ricoh Coliseum - Exhibition GO Station
    • Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) - Union Station
    • Sony Centre (formerly Hummingbird Centre) - Union Station
    • Toronto Islands - Union Station


    Fares & Travel Times
    Sample GO Transit fares into Toronto with one-way fare and travel time

    Route From/To

    Fare

    Travel Time
    (h:mm)

    WEST (A: Lakeshore West)

    Hamilton to Union Station

    $8.85

    (1:30)

    Burlington to Union Station

    $8.40

    (1:00)

    Oakville to Union Station

    $6.60

    (0:30)

    Long Branch to Union Station

    $3.65

    (0:15)

    NORTH WEST (D: Georgetown -Bramalea)

    Georgetown to Union Station

    $7.85

    (1:00)

    Brampton to Unions Station

    $5.70

    (0:40)

    Malton/Rexdale to Union Station

    $4.90

    (0:30)

    Weston to Union Station

    $3.70

    (0:15)

    NORTH (E: Barrie-Newmarket-Maple)

    Barrie to Union Station

    $10.80

    (1:30)

    Aurora to Union Station

    $6.15

    (0:50)

    Maple to Union Station

    $4.80

    (0:30)

    York U to Union Station

    $3.70

    (0:20)

    NORTH EAST (G: Stouffville-Unionville-Kennedy)

    Uxbridge to Union Station

    $8.40

    (1:35)

    Stouffville to Union Station

    $6.90

    (0:55)

    Markham to Union Station

    $5.55

    (0:45)

    Agincourt to Union Station

    $4.50

    (0:20)

    EAST (B: Lakeshore East)

    Scarborough to Union Station

    $3.70

    (0:30)

    North Rouge (Kingston Rd & Port Union) to Union Station

    $7.20

    (0:40)

    Pickering to Union Station

    $8.05

    (0:45)

    Oshawa to Union Station

    $8.15

    (1:05)

    Bowmanville to Union Station

    $8.45

    (2:00)



    Hours of Service

    The GO Transit service is most frequent during the "rush hour" with service on many routes through the day and into the evenings.

    Weekday off-peak hours have service on the Lakeshore "A" & "B" trains between Oshawa in the east and Burlington in the west, and on the northwest "D" connecting Georgetown/Bramalea and Union Station. On weekends, "A" and "B" trains run only between Pickering in the east and Oakville in the west, with bus connections extending east to Newcastle and west to Hamilton.
    Off-peak GO Buses between Union Station and other train stations (nicknamed "train-bus" routes) increase flexibility travelling to and from downtown Toronto, outside the peak-traffic train schedules, and on weekends. Many riders using Union Station buses travel one way by train and the other by bus.

    Schedules: By route | By map

    Customer Service & Information
    Information about GO Transit is available by phone 24 hours a day. In the Toronto local calling area 416-869-3200 or Long distance toll-free 1-888-GET ON GO (438.6646). TTY teletypewriters only 1-800-387-3652

    All lost articles are handled through our Lost & Found department at the Customer Service Centre in Union Station. (140 Bay St., Toronto - just inside Bay St. entrance) The Customer Service Center is open weekdays 7 am to 8 pm, and weekends and statutory holidays 10 am to 6 pm, and they can be reached at 416-869-3600 ext 7273 For long distance callers, dial 1-888-438-6646 and ask for extension 7273.

    Mailing address:
        GO Transit
        20 Bay Street, Suite 600,
        Toronto, Ontario M5J 2W3

    Security and Safety

    GO station platforms have a yellow platform line, which marks the safe boundary when trains pass by. Transit enforcement officers are trained to handle emergencies and provide first aid, as are customer attendants on trains.

    Passengers requiring urgent assistance should press the yellow emergency strip on GO Trains, located above the railcar's windows. Each railcar is also equipped with a first aid kit (next to the washroom) and every other window is equipped as an emergency exit.

    After dark, passengers may exit the bus anywhere on the route, where it's operationally safe for the driver to stop, as long as they are notified a stop ahead.

    Commuters can get a "C-CAT" (Commuter-Combat Auto Theft) decal from the Canadian Automobile Association or the Newmarket Bus Terminal for their vehicles left in GO Station parking lots. Police will assume any decaled vehicles travelling between 10 am and 3 pm on weekdays has been stolen, and will request licence and registration from the driver.

    Suspicious activity and specific incidents can be reported to Transit Enforcement at 905-803-0642 in Mississauga (24 hours a day), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

    Access for Persons with Limited Mobility

    Forty-six of GO's 58 train stations are accessible to passengers who use mobility devices such as wheelchairs and scooters - or anyone preferring step-free access to the train, including senior citizens, passengers with medical conditions, or people with luggage or baby strollers. Bicycles are not allowed on the accessible railcar.

    A passenger with disabilities needing a companion and/or a specially trained dog for assistance may bring either or both along free of charge. When bringing a companion for assistance, the GO ticket seller can endorse the single-ride or day pass as a "party ticket." It will be marked so two people can ride with one ticket or pass.
    The accessible railcar is the fifth car from the locomotive end of the train. NOTE: Aldershot GO Station is temporarily inaccessible due to construction, and disabled passengers should use the Burlington GO Station instead.

    Many of the GO Buses "kneel" to make it easier to board, and several GO Bus routes provide wheelchair-accessible service on some or all trips. Accessible service is offered only at accessible stops and on designated trips. See accessible schedule

    Note: At this time, GO does not have accessible service on buses connecting with GO Trains, so passengers should contact their local transit system about their accessible service to/from GO stations.

    Getting to Pearson Airport by Transit
    See our Mississauga.FoundLocally.com site for information about getting to Pearson Airport by Transit.

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