Lakeshore and Georgetown corridor electrification recommended to
Province, beginning with Air Rail Link
TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - The Metrolinx Board of Directors today
approved the staff recommendation to begin electrification of the
Lakeshore and Georgetown GO Transit rail corridors, with the new Air
Rail Link (ARL) as the first phase.
"Electrification will provide important transportation benefits to our
current and future riders," said Metrolinx Chair, Rob Prichard.
"Electrification is an essential step towards the long-term vision of
Express Rail laid out in The Big Move."
The year-long study recently completed by Metrolinx revealed important
transportation benefits associated with electrification, and these
benefits would increase over time and as service levels increase. These
benefits include shorter travel times for riders and lower operating
The Air Rail Link between Union Station and Pearson International
Airport was recommended as the first phase as Metrolinx already owns
the corridor, it would not require the electrification of the Union
Station train shed area, and it will operate as a distinct service from
The staff recommendation and study's final report were released on
January 19, 2011 and presented to the Board at a special public meeting
The final report, appendices and staff recommendation is available
online at www.gotransit.com/estudy.
Metrolinx is the province's regional transportation agency for the GTHA.
For more information, visit our website www.metrolinx.com.
GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's regional public transit service
linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton Area (GTHA). GO carries over 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.
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