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Increased GO service will help customers get to historic solar eclipse and Blue Jays home opener (April 8, 2024)

Metrolinx is running extra GO service on some lines on April 8 to help customers get to a variety of major events going on across the region safely and affordably.

In Hamilton and Niagara, a total solar eclipse is expected to draw a large crowd to see this once in a lifetime celestial event.

In downtown Toronto, baseball fans will fill the Rogers Centre to catch the Blue Jays home opener. There's also a Toronto Maple Leafs home game at Scotiabank Arena. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

With so many big events happening, GO Transit is increasing some GO Train and GO Bus services to get people where they need to go.

Solar Eclipse in Niagara and Hamilton

Thanks to collaboration with partners Alstom and CN, Metrolinx is running special event service to and from Niagara Falls on the Lakeshore West Line to help get customers to and from the solar eclipse celebrations.

Here are the trip times that will help customers travelling to take in the eclipse:

  • On April 8, three trips will depart Union Station for Niagara Falls in the morning at 9:02 a.m., 10:02 a.m., and 11:02 a.m.
  • Four return trips will depart Niagara Falls that evening at 4:24 p.m., 4:54 p.m., 7:21 p.m., and 10:51 p.m.
  • All Niagara trains will be 12 cars long to provide as much room as possible

Your safety is our priority. Metrolinx will have extra staff at various locations across the GO network to help customers along their journey. Please plan ahead and take safety precautions when viewing the solar eclipse, including wearing proper eye protection.

As always, check GO schedules before leaving the house as other trip times will be adjusted to accommodate the extra service.

Blue Jays home opener

Metrolinx is also adding extra service for all the sports fans heading into the city.

The Blue Jays home opener and a Maple Leafs home game are both happening on April 8 at 7 p.m.

To get people there, GO Transit is running special service on the Lakeshore West, Lakeshore East and Barrie GO Lines. Special service includes both extra train and bus trips.

  • The Lakeshore West Line will see two extra express trips added in the late afternoon to get fans to the game
  • The Lakeshore East Line will see extra trips added in the late afternoon to get to the games and an extra late-night trip to get home
  • The Barrie Line will see some trip times adjusted as well as extra train and bus service being added

Make sure to check GO schedules before leaving the house to get the full list of trips available, including the extra service.

Transit is the most affordable option

Ontario's recently launched One Fare Program allows transit riders to only pay once when travelling between the TTC, GO Transit and Brampton Transit, Durham Region Transit, MiWay and York Region Transit.

Simply tap with a PRESTO card, credit or debit, or PRESTO in Google Wallet and Ontario's One Fare Program savings will automatically be applied.

Source: Metrolinx - March 22, 2024 

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