Weekend GO trains to Niagara will become a year-round service starting this fall. Premier Doug Ford and Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney made the announcement at a news conference in Niagara Falls Friday morning. The weekend train service from Union Station to Niagara was very popular before the pandemic, but was cancelled when ridership dropped off due to COVID fears. Beginning this fall, the province will reinstate weekend GO train trips between Toronto’s Union Station and Niagara Falls beyond the previous seasonal end date of October 15, 2022. Passengers can purchase special packages that will include bus transportation for the Niagara Falls GO station to the falls and other attractions. The Niagara-bound coaches will have special bicycle cars so cyclists can take their bikes to the falls. There is currently an early morning train on weekdays from Niagara Falls to Toronto, The evening return trip involves GO train to Aldershot with bus to Niagara.
Increased frequency of service to Niagara is dependent on reducing the bottlenecks that exist on the CN mainline between Aldershot and Hamilton. Metrolinx president Phil Verster sounded optimistic that those upgrades are coming to fruition and that will lead to the establishment of more intermediate rail stops along the route to Niagara, starting with Hamilton’s proposed Confederation station in Stoney Creek.