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Metrolinx Warns of Reduced Lakeshore GO Service and Detours This Weekend



As part of its continuing work to upgrade rail bridges south of the Queensway and east of the Humber, Metrolinx has warned GO Train passengers about reduced service levels and detours. Trains operating from Aldershot to Union via Long Branch will divert north on the Canpa subdivision to the Milton GO line, then travel east on CP’s Galt subdivision and southwest via the Weston sub to Union station. Metrolinx’s work concentrates on the bridge over Parkside Drive, which will close the street for the weekend starting at 9 p.m. today, and will force diversions of the 80 QUEENSWAY bus. Metrolinx asks for patience and understanding as this necessary work proceeds.

The Metrolinx’s press release follows:

Heads Up: Hourly Service on Lakeshore GO lines this weekend as well as Parkside Drive closure.

TORONTO: October 19, 2018 - Lakeshore West and East passengers should factor in extra travel time this weekend as a result of hourly service at most stations. This is because of important upgrades across our network. As part of this weekend’s work, Parkside Drive, North of Lakeshore Boulevard will also be closed for the entire weekend due to rail-bridge replacement.

Lakeshore West trains will not be stopping at Mimico or Exhibition GO Stations, but once at Union, passengers will be able to access a train making special trips to Exhibition. Because of the need to change trains at Union, Lakeshore West passengers headed to Exhibition should allow an additional hour of travel time to ensure you reach your destination on time.

In addition to trains operating hourly, all trips along the Lakeshore West and East are expected to take 15 minutes longer than scheduled. Please visit www.gotransit.com/servicechanges and click on the Lakeshore East or West tab for more information about train service.

Metrolinx recognizes there are a number of major events happening in Toronto this weekend. There’s the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, a Toronto Marlies and a Toronto Maple Leafs game. On Saturday between 4:00 pm and 11:00 pm, “Exhibition Only” trains will be running every 30 minutes between Union Station and Exhibition GO to get people to and from the events safely.

For the smoothest journey possible, customers should keep in mind:

IF YOU’RE HEADING EAST TO EXHIBITION:

  • Passengers heading to Exhibition GO Station from the west will have to stop at Union Station first and board an “Exhibition Only” train. Passengers heading to Exhibition from the east can stay on their train and it will travel to Exhibition.
  • On Saturday starting at 4:00 pm, “Exhibition Only” trains will be running every 30 minutes to Exhibition GO to get people to and from the events safely.
  • Extra staff will be there to help passengers safely transfer trains.
  • Passengers transferring trains should plan for at least 60 minutes of additional travel.

IF YOU’RE AT EXHIBITION AND ARE HEADING WEST:

  • Passengers heading to Long Branch, Port Credit, Clarkson, Oakville, Bronte, Appleby, Burlington or Aldershot GO stations will have to take a train eastbound to Union Station first.
  • Once at Union Station, passengers will be able to transfer to a Lakeshore West train.
  • Extra staff will be there to help passengers safely transfer trains.
  • Lakeshore West trains will then run express to Long Branch GO Station and make all stations stops to Aldershot GO Station.
  • Passengers transferring trains should plan for at least an additional 60 minutes of travel.

MIMICO STATION CUSTOMERS:

  • There will be no train service at Mimico GO Station this weekend.
  • Mimico passengers are being encouraged to use Long Branch GO Station or take the TTC.

PARKSIDE DRIVE:

  • Starting Friday night at 9 pm, Parkside Drive, north of Lakeshore Boulevard will be closed for the entire weekend until Monday morning at 5 am.
  • The closure is to allow the completion of significant work on the rail bridge that goes over Parkside Drive.
  • We understand this is a major artery in that area and it gets very busy on weekends. We ask drivers to use alternate routes and give themselves extra time on the road.

These service reductions are in place to allow for important upgrades across our network including bridge restoration, better signalling and new station platforms. Doing this work over the weekends, which aren’t as busy, minimizes impacts and ensures work is done in a safer and more efficient manner.

According to the TTC, similar work is expected for Ellis Avenue for the next weekend as well.


80 Queensway

From 9 p.m. Friday, October 19 until 5 a.m. Monday, October 22, eastbound buses operate along their regular route to The Queensway and Ellis Avenue, then detour:

eastward along The Queensway;
northward along Roncesvalles Avenue;
westward along High Park Boulevard to Parkside Drive,
resuming their regular route northward along Parkside.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Ellis Avenue at Lake Shore Boulevard West,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West across from Colborne Lodge Drive and
  • on Parkside Drive at The Queensway, Algonquin Avenue and High Park Boulevard.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on The Queensway at Colborne Lodge and Parkside Drives and across from Glendale Avenue and
  • on Roncesvalles Avenue north of Queen Street West and Marion Avenue and at Garden and Fermanagh Avenues.

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Note that this TTC map of the detour routing mis-spells “Colborne Lodge”.

Westbound buses reverse the eastbound detour routing.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Parkside Drive at High Park Boulevard, across from Garden Avenue and at The Queensway,
  • on Lake Shore Boulevard West west of Colborne Lodge Drive and
  • on Ellis Avenue north of Lake Shore Boulevard West.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Roncesvalles Avenue south of High Park Boulevard, at Galley Avenue, south of Marion Avenue and at The Queensway and
  • on The Queensway at Glendale Avenue and Parkside and Colborne Lodge Drives.

Crews have blocked traffic lanes on Parkside Drive near the bridge to prepare for this construction since Thursday, September 20. They’ll continue to block traffic lanes to work on the bridge until October 30, 2019