Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek says that the province will “find a solution” to address the overcrowding that has been reported at several GO stations in Brampton following the expansion of service along the Kitchener line earlier this week.
As of Jan. 7 several trains that previously began their trips to Union Station at Georgetown GO Station began servicing Kitchener, Guelph and Acton stations as well.
The province billed the change as an expansion in service but since no new trains were added to the line it has meant that commuters in Brampton have had to cram onto trains that are already at capacity, resulting in dangerously overcrowded platforms in some cases.
On Wednesday evening, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown wrote an open letter to Yurek asking him to “add more coaches to meet the demand” and on Thursday morning the transportation minister told CP24 that his government is willing to do whatever it takes to address the crowding.
Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins also told CTV News Toronto that two more coaches will be added to the 5:02 p.m. train leaving from Union Station as of Monday morning, which will increase capacity on the route by 360 seats.
“I have told Metrolinx that they didn’t do a good enough job with this transition. They have safety officers who are going to be at the site today to help the people board and I expect a solution to this issue in the next few days,” Yurek said earlier in the day.
“Whatever they need to do to fix this situation it is going to happen. We are not going to sit back and let it continue.”