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GO Train weekend/holiday service to Niagara Falls this summer from Toronto.

By shost at 10:55 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2009

GO Transit is getting into the Tourism Commuter market by shuttling passengers to Niagara Falls and St. Catherines on Weekends and Holidays starting Summer 2009.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1568392

Four trips per weekend and holiday are expected.

Bus service will start in Septmeber with 9 daily trips for working commuters. WHat is interesting, is VIA Rail added extra weekend service over the last couple of years, and to have VIA Rail and GO Transit compete for the same tourism dollars is fairly unique. 

Students of  the University of Guelph, Waterloo and Laurier universities, and Colleges may find this an attractive method to commute home on weekends. Ride VIA to Toronto and catch GO to Niagara.. and vice versa.

- Steve

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Comment by Tom West

May 15, 2009 @ 9:43 am

* GO Transit fare: $15.90 one-way (so $31.80 two-way)
* VIA Rail fare: $75.60 for travel tomorrow, $50.40 for travel next Saturday.
I can’t see GO’s service being significantly slower than VIA’s (~2 hours), given they have four intermediate stops.
What will be different then? Firstly, VIA stops in Aldershot and Grimsby, but GO will stop in Burlington and Port Credit. Secondly, GO’s coaches are designed for trips under one hour, but VIA’s are designed for longer travel times. So, VIA’s shoudl be more comfortable (though I don’t know this). Thirdly, GO will also offer through fares from anywhere in the GTHA, which is more convinient. Finally, GO offers the same fare regardless of when you buy, and you can just turn up the station ten minutes beforehand (whereas you have to check in for VIA services).
Overall, given the difference in fares and the larger number of services, I expect GO to be much more popular.

Seperate note: those at University of Guelph woudl eb better off getting the GO bus to Toronto, and then the GO train to Niagara. GO’s ticket fares are based on distance from origin to destination, so going the long way round doesn’t cost extra.

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