Last month when Kitchener GO was increased by 25 per cent, the 4:50 p.m. express train from Union Station was cancelled and several coaches removed from existing trains.
It caused dismay to Brampton commuters so this week when Metrolinx announced it would reintroduce the 4:50 p.m. express GO train, the announcement was welcomed by all.
In addition, there will be 1,000 more seats for the afternoon commute, according to Metrolinx.
Brampton South MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria was quick to announce on social media the good news. “The express is in addition to the current schedule, which means one more train on the line and expanded service.”
The change caused overcrowding and confusion at Union Station when the change came into effect on January 7. Needless to add, the trains were packed.
Mayor Patrick Brown on behalf of irate commuters promptly jumped in and filed a formal complaint against the province on Wednesday, January 9.
Pressure came in many forms, and social media it would seem played a role in the eventual decision to reverse the changes. Searing images of overcrowded trains vividly articulated the problem better than words. And the result is Brampton commuters have their beloved express train back with more seating capacity. -CINEWS