Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Update: Possible CP Strike Won't Affect Hamilton

GO Transit yesterday released information on their website surrounding a possible strike at Canadian Pacific Railway that could affect GO trains coming into Hamilton. The section of track from the Hamilton GO Centre and the junction near York Blvd and Plains Rd in Burlington are owned and operated by CP.

GP Transit sent out an update this afternoon that the union and CP Rail will continue to operate trains in the event of a strike at midnight Tuesday.

Below is the text from the GO service update page.

"Hamilton GO Passengers: We will have regular train service from Hamilton on Wednesday May 23rd! With the continuing possibility of a CP Rail strike at midnight tonight, CP train operators and rail traffic staff have agreed to maintain regular GO service from Hamilton.
This will mean that your 4 morning Hamilton trains will originate out of Hamilton GO and will operate on their regular schedule. With the promise of regular service tomorrow morning, we still encourage passengers to check our website at www.gotransit.com or to stay tuned to media updates for any changes."

Passengers who take HSR transit to Hamilton GO Centre in the morning had other alternatives in case a strike disrupted service.

GO also operates an express bus from Hamilton to Toronto every day. During morning rush hour route '16 QEW Express' leaves downtown Hamilton every 15 minutes.

Transit users can also transfer to Burlington Transit route '1 Plains/Fairview' on King at James. This local service travels from Hamilton to Burlington and enters the Aldershot GO Station. Cash fare for Burlington transit is $3.00 but HSR passengers can transfer free of charge by presenting their paper transfer. Presto users should request a paper transfer when boarding the HSR bus to transfer to BT.

Passengers in the east end can also catch GO route 12 in Stoney Creek at the park 'n' ride at Barton and Nash. This route travels directly to Burlington GO Station to connect with GO trains.

Looks like transit as usual for Hamilton commuters.

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