TORONTO, April 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Metrolinx is moving forward with plans to add a new GO station on the Barrie GO Line at Eglinton Avenue West.
An environmental assessment (EA) will begin this summer for a potential new Caledonia GO Station that would integrate with the future Caledonia Station on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. This would give people a quick and convenient way to access both services and would increase transit options in the region.
"As part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history, the government is investing in transit and other priority infrastructure projects through our Moving Ontario Forward plan," said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. "This project is proof of our government's commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families."
"This is great news for local residents," said Cristina Martins, MPP for Davenport. "I know our community will welcome more transit options that reduce commute times."
"With easy access to the future Eglinton Crosstown LRT, this proposed new GO station would improve the integration of two major transit networks here in the GTHA," said Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx. "We are committed to strengthening connections between our regional and local systems to make it easier for people to choose transit first."
Metrolinx will give members of the public and other stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed station. The first public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at York Memorial Collegiate Institute from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This project is part of the province's Moving Ontario Forward plan to invest $31.5 billion over the next 10 years in transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects across the province. A significant part of that plan involves bringing Regional Express Rail (RER) service to the GO rail network and electrifying core segments of the network to give people throughout the GTHA new travel options with faster and more frequent GO rail service.
Metrolinx's regional transportation plan is working to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with fast, convenient and integrated transit. Working through its divisions GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express, Metrolinx is transforming the way the region moves.
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For further information: For media inquiries: Anne Marie Aikins, AnneMarie.Aikins@metrolinx.com, 416-202-5796