A couple years back GO had initiated a study of the Brampton Corridor and major changes were to take place with a complete overhaul of the corridor itself. ...Two of the weekend trips departing at 1430 and 1730 are sometimes overloaded and an extra coach is needed to double up the trip. On more than one occassion especially on weekends (ususally a Sunday) if there is a special event in downtown Toronto the first trips from Brampton to Union are fully loaded at Brampton Terminal with extra passengers at Bramalea and Malton. One of the problems right now is manpower requirements as GO continues to hire/train new Bus Operators on a continual basis. But I concur, its time for hourly train-bus service in this corridor.
Thanks for all the information.
I completely agree with all of you, and I have been pushing GO Transit for these for years.
Weekend service for GO hasn't changed for at least 20 years on this corridor, and every other corridor, save for Richmond Hill, has hourly or better train or bus service to Union, 7 days a week. I would also argue for better weekday evening service to Union - right now, the buses are either at 15:30, 18:30, 21:30 and that's it from Brampton. A 14:30, 16:30, 17:30 and a 19:30 departure would probably be sufficient for now. The additional weekday evening runs are great, the 1:30 departure a great idea, but shouldn't that run Saturdays as well?
As for manpower, I question why GO is adding new services, like the RH-YYZ-SQ1 route, 7 days a week, when it can't manage the loads on its existing services. I've had the feeling for years that Brampton's been neglected while improvements have come to most other corridors.
I've done the Highway 27/Airport Road locals many times, they are slow and also suffer from overcrowding weekend afternoons between Bramalea City Centre and Yorkdale.