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Ontario announces more GO trains
along all corridors



During a media event Friday, April 17 at Barrie South GO Station, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the Government of Ontario is massively investing in the GO Transit network to improve train service along all corridors.

Wynne said that the government is “investing in improvements across the GO Transit network to increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy”. It will use funds available through its Moving Ontario Forward plan to build priority rapid transit projects that link GO and other transit systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

The day before, Thursday, April 16, Ontario moved ahead with its plan to “unlock the value of certain public assets”. This refers to the government’s proposal to sell some of its stake in Hydro One and to licence supermarkets and other grocers to sell beer, among other initiatives. The net gain from this provides Ontario with about $4 billion, which will go to the Trillium Trust where, according to a government news release, “every dollar is set to build new transit and other priority infrastructure projects through Moving Ontario Forward.”

As a result, the province now has $5.7 billion, or about $2.6 billion more than it previously assumed. This increases the government’s total commitment to Moving Ontario Forward from $29 billion to $31.5 billion. The province says it plans to invest more than $130 billion over 10 years in public infrastructure, which, it says, “represents the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history.”

Metrolinx continues to work on bringing regional express rail services to the GO rail network. Over the next ten years, it intends to develop frequent, all-day, two-way service along key portions of the GO network, and “electrify” — power trains with electricity — those parts of the lines.

For example, it’s building a new, second track on GO’s Barrie line as part of the broader regional express rail initiative. Contractors are already working on grading the corridor and installing bridges and culverts for the six-kilometre (3.7-mile) second track between Rutherford and York University GO Stations. Metrolinx expects to finish building the second track in 2017 at a cost of about $17.4 million.

Currently, GO operates trains on 70 weekly trips along the Barrie line; over the next five years, that number will grow to more than 200. Over the next 10 years, weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from about 1,500 trips to nearly 6,000.


According to a government backgrounder, GO regional express rail service will result in:

  • Trains operating on more than twice as many rush-hour trips and four times as many off-peak trips as currently;
  • Passengers benefiting from shorter travel times for some cross-region transit trips by as much as 50 per cent;
  • Passengers benefiting from “a wider range of travel options”.

Regional express rail means electrified trains operating every 15 minutes seven days a week along:

  • the Lakeshore East and Lakeshore West lines between Oshawa and Burlington GO Stations;
  • the Kitchener line between Bramalea GO Station and Union Station;
  • the Barrie line between Aurora GO Station and Union Station; and
  • the Stouffville line between Unionville GO Station and Union Station.

It also means two-way diesel trains operating every hour or better seven days a week for:

  • the Lakeshore West line between Hamilton GO Centre and Union Station;
  • the Barrie line between Allandale Waterfront GO Station and Union Station; and
  • the Stouffville line between Mount Joy GO Station and Union Station.

It also means peak-direction trips Mondays to Fridays during rush hours:

  • every 15 minutes along the Lakeshore West line between Hamilton GO Centre and Union Station;
  • every 30 minutes along the Lakeshore West line between James Street North GO Station and Union Station;
  • every 15 minutes along the Milton line;
  • every 15 minutes along the Kitchener line between Mount Pleasant GO Station and Union Station;
  • every 30 minutes along the Kitchener line between Kitchener GO Station and Union Station;
  • every 30 minutes along the Barrie line between Allandale Waterfront GO Station and Union Station;
  • every 15 to 30 minutes along the Richmond Hill line; and
  • every 20 minutes along the Stouffville line between Lincolnville GO Station and Union Station.

In addition GO will provide express train services to and from Union Station to communities:

  • on the Lakeshore West line between Hamilton and Oakville;
  • on the Lakeshore East line **between Oshawa and Pickering; and
  • on the Kitchener line between Kitchener and Bramalea.

(This likely results in many, if not all, trains from Hamilton, for example, providing local service — dropping off or picking up passengers at stations along the line to Oakville GO Station, then operating express — without stopping — to Union.)

Steve Munro details how Metrolinx would roll out this service and discusses the impact of the plan in a post here.


According to the Government of Ontario, it expects the Moving Ontario Forward plan to support more than 20,000 jobs each year, on average, in construction and related industries.

It’s allocating about $16 billion to projects in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton. Many projects to expand and improve transit expansion and improvement projects already underway include building the Union Pearson Express line, the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit line and York Region’s viva bus rapid transit “rapidways” and revitalizing Union Station.

Since 2003, it says, it’s extended GO’s rail network by nearly 90 kilometres (56 miles), opened ten new GO stations, rebuilt two stations and added more than 31,000 parking spots across the system.


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