Ministry of Transportation
Improvements to Oshawa GO Station Support Future 15-Minute Service
Oshawa, ON – Oct 20, 2017
Ontario is making it easier and more convenient for commuters and families to take public transit in Durham Region with the opening of a new station building at Oshawa GO Station.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, visited the Oshawa GO Station today with Celina Caesar-Chavannes, MP for Whitby, Granville Anderson, MPP for Durham, Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Durham Region, Mayor Adrian Foster, The Municipality of Clarington, Greg Percy, Chief Operating Officer, Metrolinx, and Marie-Anna Murat, Senior Director of Communications, VIA Rail Canada, to officially open the new station building.
Upgrades include a modern ticketing counter and waiting area, bigger public washrooms and, once complete, a canopy to connect the new station building with the VIA pedestrian bridge, which will protect passengers from the elements. Changes to the parking area, bike racks, and kiss and ride lot will also make it easier for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to access the station. The new station building is designed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards for sustainability.
The new station building is part of the largest rail project in Canada as Ontario transforms GO from a commuter transit system to a regional rapid transit system. Weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from about 1,500 to nearly 6,000 by 2024-25, with electrified trains leaving every 15 minutes from Oshawa to Union Station.
The province is also cutting the cost of commuting for people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Starting in January 2018, adult, senior, youth and student commuters will pay a TTC fare of just $1.50 when they use a PRESTO card to transfer between GO Transit or the UP Express and the TTC.
Investing in more accessible and convenient public transit is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
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