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Guelph shut out of GO holiday schedule

Local commuters who ride the GO train won’t get to head home early on Christmas Eve.
While GO Transit announced a change in schedules on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve “to get you home earlier,” the changes won’t impact Guelph riders.
“There is no early homebound trip from Union to Guelph or Kitchener on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but they still can take their regularly scheduled train trip to those two stations,” Metrolinx media relations and issues specialist Malon Edwards said in an email.
GO’s special holiday schedules, which also included extra evening and early morning trains for New Year’s, included the Kitchener GO line, but only as far as Georgetown.
The same goes for some recently announced schedule changes taking effect in the new year.
Two existing train trips – one eastbound in the morning and one westbound in the evening – will be extended to serve the Georgetown GO station, but they will not reach as far as Guelph or Kitchener.
The changes, which take affect Jan. 4, also include some adjustments to existing bus schedules.
“Several times a year, GO Transit implements a series of planned service changes, which vary in function and impact. Service is typically adjusted to meet changing ridership demands,” Edwards said of the reason for the changes.
GO began offering train service from Kitchener through Guelph on Dec. 19, 2011. Between then and Jan. 27, 2012, the average daily ridership from Kitchener was about 85 passengers, and the average daily ridership from Guelph was about 65 passengers, said Edwards.
“By the spring of 2013, ridership has grown to approximately 120 passengers from Kitchener GO Station and about 120 passengers from Guelph GO Station,” he said.

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