The controversy around the expanded, altered GO train service on the Kitchener line continues to swirl.
NDP MPPs from Waterloo Region and Brampton are calling on the Ford government to re-instate the 4:50 p.m. express trip, as they're calling it "vital".
Riders took to social media earlier this week saying the afternoon cancellation caused mayhem, and severe overcrowding.
GO transit also tweeting they're working on solutions to improve the commute, and there will be more transit safety officers and customer service at union station in the meantime.
Statement by NDP MPPs from Kitchener, Waterloo and Brampton calling on Doug Ford to fix the problem he made worse by immediately reinstating the 4:50 express GO train along the Kitchener GO line: https://t.co/sksIeAF9Uc #GoTrain #Onpoli #Brampton #Kitchener #Waterloo pic.twitter.com/xyg0KtsQGN— Ontario NDP (@OntarioNDP) January 10, 2019
Thanks for your patience as we expand #GOtrain service on the Kitchener line. We've heard your feedback & we're working on solutions to serve you better. We'll update you on adjustments to improve your commute. You'll see more Transit Safety Officers & customer service @ Union.— Kitchener Train (@GOtransitKT) January 10, 2019
Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek released a statement regarding the GO Transit Kitchener Line on Thursday evening. You can read it below.
“Over the past two days, we have been busy working on a solution to the overcrowding on GO trains as a result of our expanded service on the Kitchener line. We have acted quickly to address these concerns and will be adding additional cars starting Monday while continuing to evaluate options to further reduce congestion.
It is unfortunate that the NDP have chosen to use this as a publicity stunt, rather than work with us for the people of Ontario. The NDP’s request to cut the service increase and take a step backwards is short-sighted and irresponsible. Instead, we will move forward and work to increase capacity on the Kitchener line and improve transit for the people of Ontario.”