Improved transit access and connectivity for Pickering commuters
PICKERING, ON, Jan. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - A new pedestrian bridge over
Highway 401 will provide better access for commuters by connecting the
Pickering GO Station south of the highway to the Pickering Town Centre
and the city's new downtown core, both located on the north side.
Construction on the 250-metre bridge is currently underway. The bridge
will be fully enclosed and will link GO parking at the base of an
office tower north of Highway 401 to the GO station and platforms on
the south side. The north parking is currently under construction and
will provide more than 500 structured parking spaces for use by GO
"Effective transit solutions are important infrastructure investments
that benefit the community for years to come," said MP Colin Carrie, on
behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities. "In particular, the pedestrian bridge
will provide a safe link for pedestrians and cyclists, while also
reducing traffic congestion in the area. Our Government is proud of its
contribution to this worthwhile project."
"This is great news for Pickering commuters. A new pedestrian bridge
will help transit riders get to the GO station easier and faster," said
Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson. "Transit investments, like this, are
part of the McGuinty Government's Open Ontario plan to create jobs,
strengthen our economy and improve our environment."
Through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF), the federal and
provincial governments are each contributing $5 million toward the
eligible cost of this project. GO Transit is providing the remaining
$12.5 million of the total project cost.
"The addition of this bridge will be a real benefit to our customers to
improve access to our station and our service," said GO Transit
President, Gary McNeil. "The bridge - and other projects like it - also
marks an important shift in thinking about transit and how people get
around. As more and more people live closer to our GO stations, we want
to enable them to choose walking or biking as a viable way of getting
The investments to improve station access and capacity in Pickering also
represent a key commitment to support intensification, urban renewal
and public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the
$4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is providing funding to nearly
4,000 infrastructure projects across the country, including this one.
The contribution from the Province of Ontario comes from the McGuinty
government's Open Ontario plan, which includes a $32-billion
infrastructure investment plan to strengthen the economy by creating
and sustaining over 300,000 jobs.
Since 2007, the governments of Canada and Ontario have committed over
$13 billion in funding to more than 6,400 infrastructure projects
across the province.
For information about federal investments in infrastructure, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
For more information on how Ontario is revitalizing its infrastructure,
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PICKERING GO STATION PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OVER HIGHWAY 401
Construction recently began on a new pedestrian bridge at the Pickering
GO Station. The 250-metre fully enclosed bridge will provide commuters
with safe and convenient access over Highway 401 to the City of
Pickering's downtown core.
In October 1995, the City of Pickering received and approved the Town of
Pickering Trails and Bikeway Master Plan which identified Highway 401
as a barrier to safe, comfortable and convenient north-south
non-motorized (bike and pedestrian) travel in Pickering. Out of this
identified need, a proposal to construct a pedestrian bridge as a means
of going across Highway 401 was developed.
Throughout the latter part of 1990s and early 2000s the City of
Pickering continued their future plans for a pedestrian bridge across
Highway 401 by developing and approving the Pickering Downtown
Intensification Plan. The pedestrian bridge, with its connection to GO
Transit, is an integral part of this plan.
In April 2007, the City of Pickering received approval of an
Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction of a pedestrian
bridge over Highway 401. Throughout the later part of 2007 and 2008,
the City of Pickering commenced preliminary and conceptual design of
In October 2009, Metrolinx assumed the detailed design contract for the
construction of the pedestrian bridge at the 50 per cent stage from the
City of Pickering. Upon review of the proposed design by Metrolinx, it
was identified that the pedestrian bridge will become part of an
integral part of the future development and intensification of downtown
Pickering, and that the architectural features of the bridge are of
utmost importance. It was at this point that the bridge was modified to
its current design.
GO Transit is also providing, to the north of Highway 401, an additional
500 parking spaces for GO commuters. Additional parking to the south of
Highway 401 at the Pickering GO Station site will commence upon
completion of the pedestrian bridge and north parking structure.
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 (GTHA). GO carries nearly 55 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.
SOURCE GO Transit
For further information:
Office of MP Carrie
Office of MPP Dickson
613-948-1148 or toll free 1-877-250-7154