As mentioned previously in Weston Web, an upgraded schedule to the GO Train service between Weston and Union stations has been announced by GO Transit beginning September 8. The service upgrade covers the middle of the day during weekdays. Weston Station will continue to sit idle during weekends but that will be handy for the new (temporary) Farmers Market location next year.
GO Train Weston to Union schedule.
The return journey also fills in the middle of the day times.
GO Train Union to Weston schedule.
We can speculate about the reason for this unexpected gift from GO Transit and Metrolinx. Uncharitable folk might suggest that this is a way to dull the clamour to add stops to or lower prices on the UP Express. Here at Weston Web we recognize this as a truly magnanimous gesture that comes purely from the heart. Let’s hope that the lovin’ feeling will soon extend to weekend service.
Read the official announcement here.
According to the Toronto Star’s Tess Kalinowski, Weston will enjoy off-peak GO Train service at hourly intervals after Labour Day. Readers may be aware of the commuter-oriented GO Train schedule (which operates on weekdays only).
There are eight morning trains between Weston and Union beginning at 6:12 and ending at 9:57.
In the evening, seven trains offer the return service between 3:30 and 6:50. Metrolinx will soon make an announcement regarding hourly train service in both directions between Union and Mount Pleasant which is one stop east of Georgetown.
This upgrade in service may be of comfort to people who would like to travel in the middle of the day outside of the traditional commute times and it will be interesting to see if there are changes to the existing train times.
The article states that the Stouffville line will see a similar upgrade later on in the year.
This upgrade to service will take some of the sting out of watching an unaffordable (and nearly empty) UP Express train service passing through Weston every fifteen minutes between Union and the airport.
That service is seven days a week, nineteen hours a day.
Metrolinx is expected to make an official announcement mid-month.
Local Business owner and Weston Heritage Conservation District President Cherri Hurst invited Lauren Pelley of the Toronto Star to take a tour of Weston recently and the result is a lovely article extolling many of the lovely features of Weston. Ms. Pelley asked readers to submit their favourite features of where they live – WestonWeb suggests that readers add theirs in the comments section the article.
Read the article here in today’s Star.
Sorry about the hiatus. It’s been a tough couple of weeks around here.
In the news: the Clean Train Coalition keeps chugging along. They’ve joined a climate justice campaign in advance of the “Climate Summit of the Americas“, an international conference hosted by the Government of Ontario.
The CTC is also counting the pounds of greenhouse gases released by the UPX. In the first three weeks of operation, they say it has released about a million kilograms of carbon dioxide.
Yesterday I took a look at Weston Station and two things are evident;
1. The station still needs a lot of work before it is complete.
2. It’s going to look very nice – a lot nicer than the old one.
Judge for yourself in these images.
Weston Station – a work in progress.
A northbound train heads towards the Weston Tunnel.
The southbound platform.
Workers finish off planter beds.
The ramps leading to the platform.
The pedestrian bridge deck.
A view between the rail and pedestrian bridges over Lawrence Avenue.
Lots of expensive floral displays.
The pedestrian bridge over Lawrence Avenue is not open yet.
Lots of work yet to do.
A Union Station bound train leaves the station.
The UP Express begins its service on June 6. Metrolinx has decided to celebrate the opening the following week by offering a barbecue and free rides at the Weston and Bloor Stations between 11:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m.
Metrolinx says that this is their way of saying ‘thank-you’ to the communities that have had to put up with the ‘dust, noise and inconveniences’ during construction over the past few years.
Your official invite is here.