For almost two decades, Cobourg and Port Hope residents have been asking for GO Transit to extend their service to Cobourg. Up until recently, Metrolinx has said that there is not a business case even though they only want 20% of costs covered since Transit is generally subsidized. The biggest potential number of riders would be by workers commuting to Toronto – these have often gone by VIA but currently VIA has no trains at times suitable for commuting (see Resources below). But today, MPP David Piccini announced that starting in July, 2022, there will be an on-demand GO bus service connecting all of Northumberland. The Bus will be “On-Demand” and not a fixed route and will connect to the Go Train at Oshawa Station.
The announcement was made today by Caroline Mulroney, Ontario Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs. As well as Warden Bob Crate, I saw several of the County’s Mayors at the event but no-one from Cobourg even though the announcement was at Exit 472 car pool lot just north of the 401.
The pilot service will start in July and between now and then we will get more details although “on-demand” probably means something similar to Cobourg’s current Transit system which requires patrons to book via phone or internet (see link below).
David said that work on this idea started in 2018 and included the County as well as Metrolinx and other Municipalities. David thanked everyone for their contribution and said it was a “Historic Day for Northumberland County”. Further: “This is a game changing announcement. After years of hard work, our community will now have more options to access the GO network for the first time ever.”
9 July 2022
The pilot project of actual bus service is now expected to begin Sept. 5
Cobourg News Blog report
- GO Bus Service to Cobourg – 15 January 2020
Cobourg Internet Article
County Web site
- Port Hope makes a Push for GO – 20 October 2005 – the reported VIA usage in 2005 was: “Between 150 and 175 people board Cobourg’s 7 am VIA train everyday and the 9 am train carries between 80 to 90 passengers”.
- Cobourg VIA Rail Train Service – 15 December 2021
VIA time table for 20 April
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The trip usually takes about 1 hr 15 minutes.