Improvements help trains move more quickly through Union Station
TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - GO Transit has replaced over 100 switches
throughout the Union Station Rail Corridor to move trains more quickly
and efficiently in and out of Union Station and further strengthen its
commitment to on-time performance.
The new switches will improve the reliability of service by allowing
trains to move from one track to another at faster speeds, providing a
more seamless passage through Canada's busiest rail corridor. They were
installed over a period of six years, representing an $87 million
investment to improve the reliability of GO service.
"The replacement of switches at Union Station will help keep GO Trains
running on time and support our government's commitment to bring
two-way, all-day GO Train service to commuters in the Greater Toronto
and Hamilton area," said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation.
"Our public transit investments will help make transit a better choice
for commuters, reducing gridlock and keeping our air clean."
"The completion of the switch replacement program is good for the GO
customer, as it improves the reliability of train movements at Union
Station," said Gary McNeil, GO Transit President. "These improvements
to the rail infrastructure, in addition to the revitalization at Union
Station, are critical in order to prepare us for increases in GO
ridership over the coming years."
When the track layout was designed, the emphasis was on moving intercity
long-distance passenger trains and freight. These requirements have
largely been replaced by the need to move commuters in and out of
downtown Toronto. While the total number of station tracks has remained
the same, tracks were reconfigured to reduce the amount of switching
between tracks to help increase capacity and speed through the
The Union Station Rail Corridor is 4.8 kilometres long, running from
Strachan Avenue in the west to the Don River in the east and featuring
256 track switches that allow trains to change tracks as they move
through the corridor.
GO operates 189 train trips carrying 175,000 passengers daily, with at
least 96 per cent of train ridership travelling through Union Station.
GO ridership has grown by 25 per cent over the last five years, and is
expected to double in the next 20 years.
For more information on GO services, the public can call 416.869.3200,
1.888.GET ON GO (438.6646), 1.800.387.3652 TTY, or visit gotransit.com.
GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's interregional public transit
system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area. GO carries about 62 million passengers a
year in an extensive network of train and bus services that spans over
10,000 square kilometres. GO Transit is a division of Metrolinx, an
agency of the Province of Ontario.
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SOURCE: GO Transit
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