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Ontario backtracks on UP Express service changes one day after making the announcement

Over 5,000 people had signed a petition addressed to Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria and Ontario Premier Doug Ford to undo the changes proposed on Monday.

Published Apr 17, 2024 at 8:41pm

Barbara Patrocinio
Barbara Patrocinio
Ontario backtracks on UP Express service changes one day after making the announcement
Guest Services Representative Noah Espiritu stands outside the Union Pearson Express train from Union Station to Pearson airport in Toronto on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

The province is reverting changes made to its UP Express service at two bustling stations, just one day after initially announcing them. The decision comes following strong criticism from residents.

On Monday, the Ontario government said it was adding 300 weekly GO train trips to routes throughout the GTA. The announcement was made in Milton, ahead of what's expected to be a hotly contested byelection. Voters will choose a new MPP on May 2.

But the announcement also decreased service at the two stops that provide connections to TTC service in Ontario — Bloor Station at Dundas Street West and Weston Station. The changes would mean trains currently running every 15 minutes would be reduced to every 30 minutes instead.

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