A pilot project set to launch next month will see GO train service extended to London, with a stop in Guelph along the way.
“This is a big win for Guelph but also … for the entire corridor,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Any type of expansion of regional transit is good news.”
Beginning Oct. 18, Metrolinx will add one train in the morning and another in the evening on weekdays. They’ll run along the Kitchener line, which stops in Guelph, then on to Stratford, St. Mary’s and finally London.
“We’re so pleased to expand GO train service to Southwestern Ontario for the first time, connecting to three new municipalities and extending our network an additional 120 kilometres across one of the province’s fastest growing regions,” said Phil Verster, Metrolinx president and CEO 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."
The expanded service will take vehicles off the road, added Guthrie, in particular Highway 401.
“It gives Guelphites way more options to not only go one way, but the other,” he said, referring to the fact trains will head to both Toronto and London.
A timeline for the length of the pilot project was not provided.