Rail service on GO Transit routes affected by blockades that caused commuter chaos Tuesday afternoon should return to normal Wednesday morning, Metrolinx said.
At the start of rush hour Tuesday, protesters had setup rail blockades near Guildwood GO station and in Toronto’s west end in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, causing service to be suspended on the Lakeshore East and Milton lines.
Metrolinx, which operates GO Transit, said in a tweet Tuesday night that they anticipate rail service to return to normal Wednesday morning, but encouraged Milton riders to plan ahead and leave extra time.
GO Transit’s Lakeshore East line between Union and Pickering was briefly suspended at the start of rush hour Tuesday, but resumed about an hour later.
Meanwhile, another group of protesters had also set up a blockade in the west end, disrupting service on GO Transit’s Milton line.
A group called Rising Tide Toronto said on Twitter that it was blocking the rail tracks behind Lambton Arena at 4100 Dundas St W.
Though Toronto Police arrested multiple people at the blockade, a crowd of protesters were still in the area after rail service had resumed Tuesday night.
Toronto Police did not speak to media, but tweeted: “We are on scene to keep the peace and ensure public safety for all involved and limit disruption to critical infrastructure. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.”
GO Transit service on the Lakeshore West line to Hamilton was suspended on Monday after a group called Wet’suwet’en Strong: Hamilton in Solidarity set up a blockade in response to the OPP dismantling the rail blockade in Tyendinaga earlier in the day.
Protesters had packed up their belongings by Tuesday afternoon.
The disruptions come as the standoff between authorities and the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who have opposed the construction of the $6-billion Coastal GasLink natural gas line in northern B.C., has grown increasingly tense.