History of Kitchener, Guelph, Georgetown line service
In 1974, 7 years after the inaguration of GO transit on the Lakeshore line, train service was brought to the Georgetown corridor, only as far as Georgetown. this line hosted conventional trains and dedicated commuter services by Canadian National up to and through 1975. When VIA rail took over inter-city service in 1976, five departures in each direction were available throughout the day, but only one departure to and from Toronto per day allowed a commuter connection from Kitchener/Waterloo and Guelph. GO bus departures were available from Guelph since the late 1970′s.
In 1990 GO Transit announced an extension of train service from Georgetown to Guelph and Acton, which lasted for three years until its demise in 1993. By the end, this service was considered to be a failure, due to lack of parking at the Guelph VIA station and poor scheduling. In its place, GO returned all bus service to Guelph, which remains here to this day.
Through successive cuts in the early 1980′s and early 1990′s VIA Rail reduced service from five to two trains per direction. In 2001, a mid-morning departure was added together with a late night return. Today, three trains service the North Main Line per direction, with trains numbered 86 and 87 providing the only rail commuter service available to Toronto directly from our region.
VIA Rail offers an attractive commuter pass for Guelph and Kitchener residents, which is also tax deductable. GO bus services still terminate at Guelph, despite three years of talk promising service extensions to Kitchener. Aside from VIA and GO Transit commuter options, Greyhound express busses service the region with many morning and afternoon commuter departures.