Ministry of Transportation
Ontario Making Transit Faster, More Convenient for Commuters with New Improvements
Toronto, ON – July 28, 2017
Ontario is moving forward with improvements to stations across the GO rail network to ease congestion and provide faster, more frequent and more convenient transit service for families and commuters across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was at Union Station in Toronto today to provide an update on Ontario’s work to transform the GO rail network.
Enhancements are being made to Union Station, including the construction of a new, wider platform with a roof to protect commuters from the elements, as well as a concourse area beneath the platform. A new emergency power system will allow lights, digital signs and public announcement systems to run in the event of a power outage.
In addition, the province is moving forward with early works at multiple GO rail stations in the GTHA. These early works will support secure bike parking and electric vehicle charging stations, as well as more trips for more riders.
These infrastructure upgrades at Union Station and across the GO rail network support 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 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.
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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