Ministry of Transportation
Ontario Bringing All-Day, Evening and Weekend GO Service to Barrie Families and Commuters
Barrie, ON – June 12, 2017
Ontario is making major upgrades to the Barrie GO Line to bring all-day, evening and weekend GO service to Barrie residents, helping to manage congestion and make it easier for commuters to take transit.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was joined by Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie, to announce major new upgrades coming to the Barrie Line to accommodate more frequent trains.
Planned upgrades include:
▪ Double track expansion on the Barrie GO Line, including grading between Union Station and Aurora GO Station
▪ Track and signals upgrades to support double track expansion
▪ Noise and retaining walls
▪ Bridge expansions at Sheppard Avenue West, Major Mackenzie Drive and Yonge Street.
To accommodate additional service, the province will also build a new layover facility and make modifications to Barrie’s two existing stations, including 139 new parking spots at the Barrie South GO station.
The Barrie Rail Corridor Expansion – Grading Project supports GO Regional Express Rail (RER). GO RER will provide faster and more frequent service across the GO rail network and is the largest commuter rail project in Canada. It includes electrifying on core segments and expanding the rail network, and bringing more two-way, all-day service to commuters and families, increasing the number of weekly trips from about 1,500 to nearly 6,000 by 2025.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/Build ON.
Building better public transit to improve commuting is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
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