Metrolinx launches project to expand GO and build rail link to Pearson Airport



    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
enhancements".
    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 info@metrolinx.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
pollution.

    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
        Station
    -   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
        Union-Pearson trains
    -   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
        pedestrian crossing
    -   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
        at Woodbine

    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
process:

    For more information, please visit www.metrolinx.com, call 1-866-658-9890,
or email info@metrolinx.com

    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 4A8
    

    Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario. For more
information visit our website www.metrolinx.com.

    Disponible en français





For further information:

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


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