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Metrolinx building second track
for GO's Barrie line

Metrolinx intends build a second track on part of GO Transit’s Barrie corridor.

It’s already working to improve grading and signals on a six-kilometre (3.7-mile) section of the line between Rutherford and York University GO Stations. The work is part of a multi-year project to improve service by enabling GO to operate more trains and introduce regional express rail service — frequent, two-way, all-day service — to the line.

It’s also started a class environmental assessment process for building the second track between the two stations. The process will identify how Metrolinx can upgrade rail infrastructure along the corridor to improve service to passengers and provide new transit options in the area. Eventually, Metrolinx will develop an environmental study report, documenting a possible design, the results of the environmental assessment process, whatever effects the project has on the local environment and ways to reduce those affect.

Increasing service along this rail corridor is one of many projects that Metrolinx identified in The Big Move, its regional transportation plan. In November 2012, it also announced two-way, all-day service as part of the next wave of Big Move projects.

During an earlier environmental assessment process, GO received approval to add a second track between Highway 407 and Steeles Avenue. That resulted in a 17-month project, ending in June 2007, to eliminate the Snider Diamond. During that project, GO and Canadian National Railway contractors raised the tracks of the Newmarket Subdivision, so that trains could cross the Canadian Pacific Railway’s busy York Subdivision, just north of Steeles Avenue West in Vaughan.

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