GO Transit says trains will not be able to service Niagara Falls GO, St. Catharines GO, Hamilton GO or West Harbour GO stations on Tuesday morning due to an ongoing rail blockade.
Protesters set up a rail blockade along the train tracks between Aldershot GO and Hamilton GO in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation.
The blockade began hours after the Ontario Provincial Police dismantled a blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory just east of Belleville, Ont., that lasted weeks.
Disruptions caused GO Transit to suspend service along the western portion of its Lakeshore West line during the evening peak rush hour and disruptions are continuing into the Tuesday morning commute.
“Customers at the affected stations that normally take our trains will be able to take GO bus shuttles which will depart from our stations at the train departure time,” GO Transit’s website read.
“The GO bus shuttles will connect customers with our train service at either Aldershot or Burlington GO. Lakeshore West customers may experience some additional crowding Tuesday morning, as the result of some unexpected modifications to service.”
According to GO Transit’s website, the following trains will not operate Tuesday morning:
- Niagara Falls 5:23 – Union Station 7:50
- West Harbour GO 6:09 – Union Station 7:20
- West Harbour GO 7:09 – Union Station 8:20
Other routes have been replaced with shuttle buses. For Hamilton and West Harbour passengers:
- West Harbour: Departures at 6:09 and 7:09 – replaced by shuttle buses to Aldershot GO
- Hamilton: Departures at 5:48, 6:18, 6:48 and 7:18 – replaced by shuttle buses to Aldershot GO
GO Transit said Route 18 bus service from Hamilton GO to Aldershot GO will run as normal.
“For Hamilton and West Harbour customers who may choose to drive in, given the limited parking at Aldershot GO you may want to consider using Burlington, Appleby or Bronte GO stations,” the website read.
For Niagara Falls and St. Catharines passengers, the following routes have been replaced by shuttle buses:
- Niagara Falls: Departure at 5:23 – replaced by shuttle bus to Burlington GO
- St. Catharines: Departure at 5:46 – replaced by shuttle bus to Burlington GO
GO Transit said Route 12 bus service from Niagara Falls Bus Terminal and St. Catharines Fairview Mall will run as normal.
The Ontario Provincial Police was also forced to shut down Highway 6 in Caledonia, about 25 kilometres away from Hamilton, following a blockade there that began mid-afternoon on Monday.
The affected portion of the highway was between Argyle Street South and Greens Road, near the Six Nations reserve. As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the road was still closed.
— With files from Nick Westoll.
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