Lakeshore West line

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Lakeshore West
GO Transit logo.svg Lakeshore West logo.png
Lakeshore West GO Train Westbound.jpg
GO Train westbound past Sunnyside in Toronto
Type Commuter rail
System GO Train
Locale Greater Toronto Area
Stations 12
Daily ridership 60,000 (2014)[1]
Website Table 01
Opening May 23, 1967
Owner Canadian National Railway
Canadian Pacific Railway
Operator(s) GO Transit
Line length 63.2 kilometres (39.3 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Operating speed 150 km/h (93 mph)[2] (max)
Route map
VIA Rail/Amtrak Maple Leaf service
130 Niagara Falls VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
Niagara Escarpment
Welland Canal
406 Overpass
Twelve Mile Creek
111 St. Catharines VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
Jordan Harbour
Grimsby VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg only
Niagara Region ¦ Hamilton
Hamilton Yard
63.2 Hamilton GO Centre
James Street North
Hunter St. Tunnel
60.0 Desjardins Canal
59.9 Hamilton Jct.
Hamilton ¦ Halton Region
55.7 Aldershot VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
QEW Underpass
52.5 Burlington Jct.
51.5 Burlington
44.9 Appleby
41.5 Bronte Creek
39.8 Bronte
Sixteen Mile Creek
34.4 Oakville VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
Halton Region ¦ Peel Region
26.9 Clarkson
21.2 Credit River
20.6 Port Credit
Peel Region ¦ Toronto
15.4 Long Branch
Willowbrook Yard
10.8 Mimico
9.2 Gardiner Underpass
8.2 Humber River
3.2 Exhibition
Milton, Kitchener
  and Barrie lines
North Bathurst Yard
0 Union VIA Rail Canada simplified.svgBSicon CLRV.svgTTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Lakeshore East, Stouffville
  and Richmond Hill lines
Station with all-day service
Station with rush hour/limited service
Maintenance yard


Lakeshore West is one of the seven train lines of the GO Transit system under Metrolinx in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. It extends from Union Station in Toronto to Hamilton, with summer weekend and holiday limited stop service extending to Niagara Falls which started in June 2009.[3]

Only eight rush hour trains run to and from Hamilton. Most other weekday, weekend, and holiday trains end at Aldershot. When trains are not running on a section of the line, buses take over.

In 1965, the government of Ontario spent about $7.5 million for rolling stock to operate a new commuter rail service from Burlington to Toronto to Dunbarton (Pickering).[4]

The Lakeshore West line is the oldest of GO's services, opening as part of the then-unified Lakeshore line on GO's first day of operations, May 23, 1967.[5] The first train left at 4:50 am from Oakville bound for Toronto, ten minutes before service began out of Pickering on its sister line, the Lakeshore East line.[6]

Work was recently completed to add a third track between Sixteen Mile creek and the Port Credit station. Combined with additional work undertaken since the early nineties, this gives the Lakeshore West line at least three tracks from Union Station through to Bayview Junction.

Niagara excursion service[edit]

During the summer and early autumn, GO Transit offers an excursion train to St. Catharines and Niagara Falls on weekends and holidays. The train departs from Union Station, and makes limited stops along the Lakeshore West line at Exhibition, Port Credit, Oakville and Burlington, before continuing around Burlington Bay and heading east into the Niagara Peninsula.

Future expansion[edit]

In the 2008 Metrolinx report entitled "The Big Move", the agency identified an express all-day service between Hamilton and Oshawa (via Toronto Union) as one of its top 15 priorities.[7] The project will include the construction of a new train station on James Street North in Hamilton. This is expected to be completed and operational in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games.[8] On 19 April 2013, GO Transit announced that service on the line would expand to have trains running every 30 minutes all day during non-peak hours.[9]


The Lakeshore West line makes connections with:


  1. ^ "Regional Express Rail" (PDF). Metrolinx. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Quick Facts: GO Trains (Sept 2012)" (PDF). GO Transit. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  3. ^ Niagara on the GO
  4. ^ "Imaginative step on transit problem". The Era. 26 May 1965. p. 4. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  5. ^ GO celebrates 40 years of success
  6. ^ GO Transit First Employee Timetable
  7. ^ The Big Move, Section 5.2: The first 15 years. Retrieved July 23, 2010
  8. ^ Graham, Matthew. "James Street North GO Station Information Package" (PDF). GO Transit. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (19 April 2013). "GO trains to run every 30 minutes all day on Lakeshore lines". Toronto Star (Toronto Star Newspapers). Retrieved 2013-04-19. 

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