Booming city, growing connections

It’s no longer Ontario’s best-kept secret – Hamilton has been discovered for all it has to offer. It’s not surprising. It is history and culture, sports and incredible food, with boundless nature and the enchanting trails of the Niagara Escarpment – what’s not to love?

The city is growing by leaps and bounds – we expect the Hamilton metropolitan area to grow by 46% by 2041. With more families becoming Hamiltonians every year, we’re building the transit a growing city needs: the new Confederation GO station linking Hamilton to Toronto and Niagara, light rail transit connecting the city from east to west for all residents, and more frequent train service that runs past rush-hour.

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West Harbour GO Station opened in 2015. It is located at James Street North, between Murray Street West and Strachan Street East. The station features:

  • two platforms with elevator access
  • approximately 300 parking spaces
  • bus loop
  • pedestrian and bicycle pathways
  • pedestrian bridge from Bay Street
  • fully landscaped pedestrian plaza

Hamilton GO Centre is located at the corner of Hunter Street East & James Street. The station features:

  • an island platform with elevator access
  • bus platforms
  • bicycle storage
  • retail

Metrolinx is also building the new Confederation GO Station in Stoney Creek, which will enable two-way train service from Toronto through Hamilton and on to Niagara Falls.

  • Preliminary work on the new station started in late 2017 and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.
  • We’re building:
    • a new station building
    • up to 600 parking spaces
    • a Kiss and Ride
    • an island platform with canopy
    • new bus loop
    • new bus shelter
    • a pedestrian tunnel to help customers access both sides of the corridor
    • access to that station via multi-use path along Centennial Parkway (north of the tracks)
    • stair access between platform and Centennial Parkway

Today, GO Transit’s Lakeshore West line provides two-way, all-day service seven days a week between Toronto and Aldershot*. It also provides weekday rush-hour service from Hamilton to Toronto in the morning and back in the afternoon.

Metrolinx plans to provide expanded GO service to both Hamilton GO Centre and West Harbour GO Station as part the $13.5 billion GO Regional Express Rail program by 2025. We are also working to provide incremental service increases in the interim.

Future Weekday rush hour service:

  • 15-minute, two-way service between Aldershot* and Union Station
  • 15-minute service from Hamilton GO Centre to Union Station in the morning and from Union Station to Hamilton GO Centre in the afternoon/evening**
  • 30-minute service from West Harbour (James Street North) to Union Station in the morning and from Union Station to West Harbour in the afternoon/evening**
  • 60-minute service from Union Station to Hamilton GO Centre in the morning and from Hamilton GO Centre to Union Station in the afternoon**

Future midday, evening and weekend service:

  • 15-minute, two-way service between Aldershot* and Union Station
  • 60-minute, two-way service between Hamilton GO Centre and Union Station**

Average times between trains are listed. Actual times may be shorter or longer depending on location and departure time.

*Service levels west of Burlington GO Station, including service levels at Aldershot, are dependent on infrastructure and service agreements with CN and CP, who own the two rail corridors. Final plans may vary as the 10-year program evolves.

**Express service will be offered between Oakville and Union Station.

Service will not be electrified west of Burlington station.

46%

projected population growth by 2041

17

new rapid transit stops

3

transit hub connections

All proposed new station stops are subject to completion of a full business case analysis.