Expansion to benefit travellers across the GTHA - and visitors to Ontario
TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Metrolinx today, announced a revised proposal to
expand service for travellers on the Georgetown GO Line to Etobicoke,
Bramalea, Brampton, Georgetown, and to and from Toronto Pearson International
Airport. This starts a new phase of the proposed project as we consider input
before formally starting the Transit Environmental Assessment Process.
"We want to hear from communities along the corridor. Listening to the
public will be fundamental to the success of this very important
transportation project," said Rob MacIsaac, Chair of Metrolinx.
Metrolinx intends to consult with the public for three to four months
before formulating and submitting a final project proposal. There will be four
months of additional time for the public to comment during the formal
environmental assessment process.
The Georgetown South Service Expansion and Union Pearson rail link will
require 28 km of new track and other improvements to deliver important new
services, such as:- Two-way, all-day GO service between Toronto and Georgetown
- Two-way, all-day GO service between Toronto and Bradford
- All-day express GO service between Toronto and Brampton
- New peak period GO service between Toronto and Bolton
- New peak period GO service between Toronto and Guelph, and
- Introducing a passenger rail service from Pearson to Union Station
using the Georgetown line."Addressing the limited rail capacity in the Georgetown South corridor
permits expansion of GO services," said GO Transit Board Chairman Peter Smith.
"This proposed project will lay the foundation for future further
All interested parties will have a variety of opportunities to get
involved. Open houses in February will be one part of Metrolinx's commitment
to ongoing community consultation. For more information, please visit
www.metrolinx.com, call 1-866-658-9890, or email email@example.com.
The Georgetown expansion is part of the GO Transit Rail Improvement
Program (GO TRIP (www.gotransit.com/gotrip/index.asp) a $1 billion-dollar
expansion initiative funded by the federal and provincial governments and
local municipalities through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund. The
Union-Pearson link component of the project will be financed and operated by a
private sector operator.
Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario. For more
information visit our website www.metrolinx.com.BACKGROUNDER
Georgetown South Expansion and Union-Pearson Rail Link
WHAT IS THIS PROPOSED PROJECT ABOUT?The proposed Georgetown South rail corridor expansion and new rail
service between Union Station and Pearson International Airport is one of the
first big moves to be implemented from the new Regional Transportation Plan
for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
It will make it easier to get around the region, create construction
jobs, spur economic growth for businesses and communities in the GTHA, ease
the social and economic burdens of traffic congestion, and reduce air
WHY IS THIS PROJECT SO IMPORTANT?
GO trains on the Georgetown South corridor are operating at capacity. The
new tracks and other improvements will allow for more GO train service to meet
the demands of residents, businesses, travellers and visitors to our region.
We need more frequent rail service to help give people more travel
options and reduce congestion:- Currently the cost of congestion in GTHA amounts to an astounding
$6.0 billion a year.
- The impact of excess congestion costs travellers $18 M per day stuck
in traffic and accidents cost society $1.0 M per day.
We need a world-class rail service to Canada's largest airport: Every year
five million people travel between Pearson International Airport and downtown
Toronto. By 2020, that number is expected to increase to approximately nine
million. The airport rail service is expected to take 1.2 million car trips a
year off our roads.
WHAT WILL THIS PROJECT INCLUDE?
Using the transit environmental assessment process, Metrolinx will be
reviewing proposed plans for the Georgetown South rail corridor expansion and
Union-Pearson rail link including:
- Adding approximately 25 km of new rail between Malton and Union
- Widening of 14 bridges including new grade separations at Strachan
Avenue, Denison Road and Carlingview Drive
- Upgrading the GO Weston Stop to a full Weston GO Station for GO and
- Maintaining Weston community connectivity by adding a GO rail tunnel
in Weston so that Church and King Street are kept open with fewer
rail crossing delays than now, and John Street is converted into a
- Modifications to the Bloor GO/Dundas TTC station to accommodate GO
and Union-Pearson trains
- Adding a new 3.3 km rail spur from the GO Georgetown Line to
Terminal 1 at the Pearson Airport with seven grade separations and
opening a new passenger station at Terminal 1
- Designing for a potential future GO/Union-Pearson rail link station
HOW CAN THE PUBLIC GET INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT?
Metrolinx is committed to open and transparent public consultations in the
work it undertakes. There are multiple ways to get informed and engaged in the
For more information, please visit www.metrolinx.com, call 1-866-658-9890,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 3 Wednesday, February 4 Friday, February 6
11:00 am - 8:30 pm 11:00 am - 8:30 pm 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
The Lithuanian House Mount Dennis Weston Park
1573 Bloor Street West United Church Baptist Church
Toronto, ON M6P 1A6 71 Guestville Avenue 1871 Weston Road
Toronto, ON M6N 4N4 Toronto, ON M9N 1V9
Monday, February 9 Tuesday, February 10 Thursday, February 12
11:00 am - 8:30 pm 11:00 am - 8:30 pm 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Direct Energy Centre, Malton Community Centre Gordon Alcott
Salon 110 3540 Morning Star Drive Memorial Arena
100 Princes' Boulevard Mississauga, ON L4T 1Y2 221 Guelph Street
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3 Georgetown, ON L7G 4A8Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario. For more
information visit our website www.metrolinx.com.
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For further information: Media contact: Jacquie Menezes, Senior
Associate, Public Affairs and Media, Metrolinx, Phone: (416) 874-5923, Cell:
(647) 289-4523, Jacquie.Menezes@metrolinx.com, www.metrolinx.com