Kitchener GO train to get 2 more cars on evening run to help with overcrowding
'Bring back the express for starters,' commuter tweeted about Kitchener GO train woes
The Kitchener GO train line will see the 5:02 p.m. trip from Union Station in Toronto get two additional cars to help deal with overcrowding.
Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek announced the additional cars on Twitter and also in a meeting with Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. GO Transit also tweeted the 5:02 p.m. train will go from 10 cars to 12.
Yurek said they'll also look at other options to further reduce congestion.
In a statement earlier this week, Yurek said he had heard concerns about the trains being too full.
"The crowding on the trains as a result of our expanded service has proven how much of a demand there is for more service. My caucus colleagues and commuters have raised their concerns over the crowding and I take their concerns very seriously," Yurek said.
Many commuters took to social media to tell Yurek they were not only upset with overcrowding, but that an express train at 4:50 p.m. on the Kitchener line had been dropped. It means every trip from Toronto to Kitchener takes more than two hours.
FIX THIS! You added 45 minutes & an overcrowded, stressful return trip! If u pick up kids from daycare or take them to activities, u can't get home in time! We are rushing through the night only to wake up even earlier than before if we want to get a seat! FIX IT NOW <a href="https://twitter.com/GOtransit?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GOtransit</a>!—@mandydemello
It can fixed with a better schedule. Bring back the express for starters. Read the <a href="https://twitter.com/GOtransitKT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GOtransitKT</a> twitter timeline & you’ll see what we have to put up with.—@djsid3ep
<a href="https://twitter.com/GOtransit?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GOtransit</a> this does nothing to help address the issues of people who are travelling past Georgetown. Having no options for an hour and a half during peak times is not acceptable.—@kaila_mckeon
NDP MPPs from Kitchener, Waterloo and Brampton issued a joint statement saying the provincial government didn't improve service for commuters with the recent changes to the Kitchener line, adding that "the Ford government has made things even worse for people."
They called for the express train to be reinstated immediately.
Yurek argued the comments from the NDP were "a publicity stunt" and that doing what they suggested would "cut the service increase and take a step backwards."
When asked about the express train and whether it will be reinstated, Yurek's press secretary Andrew Buttigieg said in an email: "We are continuing to work with CN to add more trains as we work towards two-way, all-day service."
- An earlier version of this story had the incorrect time for the 5:02 p.m. train.Jan 11, 2019 9:53 AM ET