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Pilot project aims to attract new ridership for cottage commuters

Metrolinx teaming up with Ontario Northland on pilot project
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Metrolinx and Ontario Northland will be piloting a combined weekend service in August to give visitors to Muskoka and North Bay a convenient, comfortable way to take transit and avoid traffic delays.

Every Friday from Aug. 3 to Sept. 3, the 5:35 p.m. Barrie train out of Union Station will meet with an Ontario Northland bus at Allandale Waterfront GO Station, according to an ONTC news release. The bus will continue on to serve Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville and North Bay. The return bus trip will operate at the end of the weekend, whether it’s the Sunday or holiday Monday, and connect with a Toronto-bound GO train at Aurora GO Station.

One ticket will provide transportation on both the GO train and the Ontario Northland bus. Tickets can be purchased at ontarionorthland.ca. Instead of tapping a PRESTO card on the GO train, customers will simply need to show their ticket when requested.

“This service is ideal for those commuting to cottage country,” said Corina Moore, president and CEO of Ontario Northland. “We are lining up our services in an effort to create a seamless, convenient connection for our passengers.”

“This partnership with Ontario Northland is an exciting opportunity for us to help our customers get to where they need to go,” Metrolinx CEO and president Phil Verster said. “Whether they’re vacationing or visiting family, we are giving the GTHA more options to travel better, faster and easier.”

Schedule:

North Bound  - Friday

Depart

 

South Bound – Sunday or Holiday Monday

Depart

GO Train 801 –UNION STATION

17:35

 

North Bay TRIP 790

16:00

Downsview Park GO

17:53

 

Huntsville

17:20

Rutherford GO

18:06

 

Bracebridge

17:55

Maple GO

18:11

 

Gravenhurst

18:25

King City GO

18:20

 

Barrie Allandale GO *

19:35

Aurora GO

18:31

 

Barrie South GO*

19:45

Newmarket GO

18:39

 

Bradford GO*        

20:15

East Gwillimbury GO

18:43

 

East Gwillimbury GO*

20:35

Bradford GO

18:52

 

Newmarket GO*

20:40

Barrie South GO

19:11

 

Transfer to GO Train 822 : AURORA

21:11

ALLANDALE Waterfront GO – Transfer to Bus

19:21

 

King City GO           

21:22

Gravenhurst

20:25

 

Maple GO

21:28

Bracebridge (rest stop)

20:40

 

Rutherford GO       

21:32

Huntsville

21:30

 

Downsview Park GO              

21:41

North Bay

22:55

 

Toronto UNION      

22:03

 

 

 

*Drop off only