Ministry of Transportation
Ontario Moving Forward with Building or Upgrading More than 30 Stations
Toronto, ON – March 26, 2018
Ontario is taking a major step forward in bringing more all-day, two-way GO train service to families and commuters in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), with new stations and upgrades across the GO network.
Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry was at Union Station today to announce that Ontario is moving ahead with the next phase of work to build the province’s GO Regional Express Rail (RER) system.
Ontario has already increased GO train service by more than 70 per cent, adding approximately 800 more train trips every week across the GO network than there were in 2013. To continue to bring major service improvements, in the coming weeks the province will launch the process to design and build six new GO stations and six new City of Toronto SmartTrack stations, as well as upgrades and improvements to over 20 existing GO stations, including major renovations to station buildings, new bus loops, digital signage, and other enhancements. The province will also move forward with the procurement of new maintenance facilities, trains, tracks, and other infrastructure necessary to increase GO service.
Ontario’s GO RER program is the largest rail project in Canada, and will transform the way people travel to and from work, school, and appointments. Weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from about 1,100 in 2013 to nearly 6,000 by 2025, with more all-day, two-way, 15-minute electrified GO service for commuters and families across the region.
Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
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