Metrolinx to Significantly Increase Trains to Bowmanville

We are focused on bringing better GO services, faster, to our customers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We’ve heard directly from our riders that they want more trains, more buses, and expanded routes.

In 2018, we increased our services by 22.6%, that includes 22 new midday weekday trips between Oshawa and Union Station in Toronto. Just last month, we added a new morning express train from Durham Region to Union, and a new return trip in the afternoon rush hour, every weekday. Durham Region now has 15 minute, all-day service between Oshawa and Union Station for most of every weekday.

One of our other goals is to find a way to get more rail service to communities beyond Oshawa as quickly as we can, and to do so with an all-day service. The original plan from a few years ago was for limited service in the morning and evening peaks only. The options we are now considering include operating train service throughout the day.

We will work very closely with our municipal and freight partners to test which options are most advantageous, balancing both the benefits and the costs associated with each option to achieve this very important rail extension. This will include identifying how we achieve this extension as quickly as possible.

Learn more about the four options we are considering to extend GO service beyond Oshawa.

We are making progress on the business case planning for the Bowmanville expansion, which does depend significantly on our negotiations with governing railway authority and approval and direction from the government of Ontario. We will share more details as they become available. The Bowmanville service extension is in our Regional Transportation Plan and it’s on our project list.

In the meantime, we have added a new park and ride GO Bus service at the parking lots at 500 Howard Street in Oshawa and at 1350 Courtice Road in Courtice to provide much-needed transit solution to Bowmanville and the surrounding area by direct connections to the Oshawa GO train station. This gives customers more ways to connect to work, home and everything in between.

Expanded rail service will provide Durham Region with more direct connections to the larger GO Transit network, helping to reduce congestion in the GTHA while connecting people to education and job opportunities.

Expanding GO Train service in Durham Region builds upon planning work and service and infrastructure improvements that are already underway through our Regional Transportation Plan.

More GO service to Bowmanville is part of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

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Stations & Projects:

  • October 2017 - Stantec awarded contract to provide technical advisory, design, and construction support services for Bowmanville expansion.
  • April 24, 2018 - Public Meeting #1 (Bowmanville)
  • April 25, 2018 - Public Meeting #1 (Oshawa)
  • February 2019 - Start of GO Bus service to Courtice Road and Ritson Road facilities.
  • May 21, 2019 – Public Update Meeting (Bowmanville)
  • May 22, 2019 – Public Update Meeting (Oshawa)