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"Electrification" of GO rail corridors:
Metrolinx meetings, starting February 16



Update — Tuesday, March 15, 5:04 p.m.: Metrolinx rescheduled the meeting in Brampton to Monday, March 21.


Update — Tuesday, March 1, 3:59 p.m.: Metrolinx canceled the meeting in Brampton due to inclement weather. It will reschedule the event.


Metrolinx has been proceeding with plans to “electrify” its various GO Transit rail corridors — powering trains with electricity, instead of fueling locomotives with diesel.

A related project introduces regional express rail services, expanding GO to enable 15-minute service on most corridors with electrified trains, resulting in faster and more frequent service. Within a few years, Metrolinx expects to quadruple the number of GO train trips, offer passengers rail service evenings and weekends and twice the number of trips during peak periods.

Building on the electrification study that GO completed in 2010, Metrolinx is now studying how to convert several rail corridors from a diesel- to an electric-based system. The project will include designing and implementing a traction-power supply system — for example, traction power substations and high-voltage connections to Hydro One’s grid — and power-distribution components — for example, electrical power distribution facilities — in the area of the rail corridors.

The study area includes six GO rail corridors, including potential locations for the electrical power supply and distribution facilities:

  • the Union Station rail corridor;
  • the Barrie corridor — between Allandale Waterfront GO Station and Parkdale Junction;
  • the Kitchener corridor — between Bramalea and the UP Express spur at Highway 427;
  • the Lakeshore West corridor — between Burlington and Strachan Avenue;
  • the Lakeshore East corridor — between Oshawa GO Station and the Don River; and
  • the Stouffville corridor — between Lincolnville GO Station and Scarborough Junction.

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Over the next several weeks, Metrolinx is hosting a series of public meetings as part of the transit project assessment process to provide you with information about the scope of the project, environmental studies, design and engineering components, preliminary locations for traction power supply / distribution facilities, project timelines and next steps.

Metrolinx has scheduled the events:

Events take place in:


* City of Toronto staff are attending the events on February 16 and 24 and March 9 and 22. At these events, the City will provide information on various other transit projects in the City, while Metrolinx staff also update attendees on the electrification and related regional express rail projects.


During meetings in Aurora, Maple, Stouffville and Unionville, York Region officials will explain their work to update the region’s Transportation Master Plan.


Mississauga will be the scene for another open house abut the proposals Tuesday, February 23.

City of Toronto and Metrolinx staff will present information about SmartTrack, the Crosstown West light rail transit line and regional express rail transit proposals.


Since the Government of Ontario announced funding for electrification in April 2015, Metrolinx has brought on board staff with international expertise in electrification and a technical adviser to support moving forward.

In July, Metrolinx started the pre-consultation phase of the transit project assessment process for electrifying the network.

To date, this work has involved collecting comprehensive “baseline-conditions” data within the project study area.


Tuesday, February 16

Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School
959 Midland Avenue, Scarborough
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO Transit’s 71 Stouffville trains or TTC’s 2 Bloor - Danforth subway or 3 Scarborough rapid transit trains to Kennedy Station. Transfer to northbound buses operating along the 57 Midland route. Exit the buses at Broadbent Avenue, just north of the school.
  • Southbound TTC buses operating along the 57 Midland route to Broadbent Avenue. Cross Midland and Broadbent Avenues at the signal. Walk south half a block.

Wednesday, February 17

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School
278 Wellington Street East, Aurora
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Northbound GO trains operating along the 65 Barrie line to Aurora GO Station. Transfer to southbound GO buses or eastbound York Region Transit buses or walk eastward along Wellington East one block to Industrial Parkway. Cross at the signal to the north side of the street, then continue one block further east to the school.
  • Southbound GO buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route to Wellington Street East and Mary Street. Cross to the north side of Wellington East at the signal. Walk west one block to the school.
  • Northbound GO buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route to Wellington Street East and John West Way. Cross John West at the signal, then walk half block east to the school.
  • Eastbound York Region Transit buses operating along the 32 Aurora North, 33 Wellington, 54 Bayview or 222 Newmarket / Aurora GO shuttle routes to Wellington Street East and Industrial Parkway. Cross at the signal to the northeast corner, then continue walking one block east to the school.
  • Westbound YRT buses operating along the the 32 Aurora North, 33 Wellington or 54 Bayview routes to Wellington Street East in front of the school.

Monday, February 22

Unionville High School
201 Town Centre Boulevard, Unionville
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Northbound GO trains operating along the 71 Stouffville line to Unionville GO Station. Transfer to westbound York Region Transit buses operating along the Viva purple or Viva pink routes.
  • Southbound GO buses operating along the 70 Uxbridge / Stouffville / Markham route and north- and southbound buses operating along the 71 Stouffville / Toronto route to Unionville GO Station. Transfer to westbound YRT buses operating along the Viva purple or Viva pink routes.
  • Southbound TTC buses operating along the 68 Warden route to Warden Avenue and Apple Creek Boulevard. Cross at the signal to the south side of Apple Creek, walk one block west.
  • Northbound TTC buses operating along the 68 Warden route to Warden Avenue and Glengrove Drive. Cross Warden at the signal then walk west one block along Apple Creek Boulevard to the school.
  • Westbound YRT buses operating along the Viva purple or Viva pink routes to Town Centre vivastation. Walk three blocks north along Town Centre and then east along Apple Creek Boulevard to the school.
  • Westbound YRT buses operating along the 40 Unionville local route to Town Centre and Apple Creek Boulevards. Walk east along Apple Creek to the school.
  • Eastbound YRT buses operating along the 40 Unionville local route to Apple Creek and Town Centre Boulevards. Cross Town Centre and walk east along Apple Creek to the school.
  • Northbound YRT buses operating along the 202 Unionville GO shuttle route to Apple Creek Boulevard and Hollingham Road. Cross to the south side of Apple Creek and walk east to the school.
  • Northbound YRT buses operating along the 302 Unionville express route to Town Centre Boulevard across from Wallis Way. Walk north one block along Town Centre and then east along Apple Creek to the school.

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Tuesday, February 23

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Mississauga
5050 Orbitor Drive at Eglinton Avenue, Mississauga
From 2 until 4 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Eastbound MiWay buses operating along the 35 / 35A Eglinton and 73 Timberlea routes to Orbitor Drive south of Skymark Avenue. Walk half-block south along Orbitor to Eglinton Avenue. Cross at the signal to the TownePlace Suites on the northwest corner.
  • Westbound MiWay buses operating along the 35 / 35A Eglinton and 73 Timberlea routes to Orbitor Drive at Eglinton Avenue, beside the TownePlace Suites on the northwest corner.
  • Southbound MiWay buses operating along the 87 Meadowvale - Skymark and 109 Meadowvale express routes to to Orbitor Drive south of Skymark Avenue. Walk half-block south along Orbitor to Eglinton Avenue. Cross at the signal to the TownePlace Suites on the northwest corner.
  • Northbound MiWay buses operating along the the 87 Meadowvale - Skymark and 109 Meadowvale express routes to Orbitor Drive at Eglinton Avenue, beside the TownePlace Suites on the northwest corner.
  • Southbound MiWay buses operating along the 107 Malton express route to Orbitor Drive at Eglinton Avenue, beside the TownePlace Suites on the northwest corner.
  • Northbound MiWay buses operating along the 107 Malton express route to Orbitor Drive south of Skymark Avenue. Walk half-block south along Orbitor to Eglinton Avenue. Cross at the signal to the TownePlace Suites on the northwest corner.
  • Westbound TTC buses operating along the 32A Eglinton West route to Orbitor Drive south of Skymark Avenue. Walk half-block south along Orbitor to Eglinton Avenue. Cross at the signal to the TownePlace Suites on the northwest corner.
  • Northbound TTC buses operating along the 112B West Mall route to Orbitor Drive south of Skymark Avenue. Walk half-block south along Orbitor to Eglinton Avenue. Cross at the signal to the TownePlace Suites on the northwest corner.

Tuesday, February 23

Nantyr Shores Secondary School
1146 Anna Maria Avenue, Innisfil
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Innisfil has no local public transit, so… you can’t there by bus or train.
  • GO buses operating along the 68 Barrie / Newmarket route stop at Yonge Street and Innisfil Beach Road… but that’s a long walk to and from the school.
  • However, the school isn’t far from a site where Metrolinx may build a future GO station (but that doesn’t help you get to the school this month.)

Wednesday, February 24

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building, Room 203
255 Front Street West, Toronto
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West and 09 Lakeshore East lines to Union Station. Walk west two blocks along Front Street West to the convention centre.
  • GO buses operating along the 16 Hamilton / Toronto express, 21 Milton / Toronto, 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto, 61 Richmond Hill / Toronto, 63 King City / Toronto, 65 Newmarket / Toronto or 71 Stouffville / Toronto routes to Union Station GO Bus Terminal. Walk north along Bay Street and then west three blocks along Front Street West to the convention centre.
  • TTC subway trains operating along the 1 Yonge - University line to Union Station. Walk west two blocks along Front Street West to the convention centre.
  • TTC buses operating along the 6 Bay or 172 Cherry St routes to Bay Street and Front Street West. Walk west three blocks along Front Street West to the convention centre.

Thursday, February 25

Abilities Centre
55 Gordon Street, Whitby
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO trains operating along the 09 Lakeshore East line to Whitby GO Station. Connect to Durham Region Transit buses.
  • DRT buses operating along the 308 Whitby Shores or 318 Garden / Otter Creek / Whitby Shores routes to 547 Victoria Street East, beside the Abilities Centre.

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Monday, February 29

Oakville Trafalgar High School
1460 Devon Road, Oakville
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Oakville GO Station. Connect to Oakville Transit buses.
  • GO buses operating along the 19 Oakville / North York, 20 Milton / Oakville or 46 Oakville / York U routes to Oakville GO Station. Connect to Oakville Transit buses.
  • Eastbound Oakville Transit buses operating along the 11 Linbrook route to Devon Road beside the school.
  • Westbound Oakville Transit buses operating along the 11 Linbrook route to Devon and Wedgewood Road. Cross to the south side of Devon and walk east to the school.

Update — Tuesday, March 15, 5:04 p.m.: Metrolinx rescheduled the event in Brampton to Monday, March 21.

Update — Tuesday, March 1, 3:59 p.m.: Metrolinx canceled this event due to inclement weather. It will reschedule the event.

Tuesday, March 1

Holy Name of Mary Catholic Secondary School
115 Glenvale Boulevard, Brampton
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO buses operating along the 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto, 32 Brampton / Trinity Common / North York and 36 Brampton / North York routes to Bramalea Terminal. Connect with northbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 12 Grenoble route.
  • Eastbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 9 Vodden route to to Central Park Drive east of Greenarrow Court. Walk east along Central Park to the east side of Glenvale Boulevard, then south to the school.
  • Westbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 9 Vodden route to Central Park Drive east of Graham Crescent. Walk east of Glenvale Boulevard, cross to the southwest corner, then continue south along Glenvale to the school.
  • Southbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 12 Grenoble route to Central Park Drive east of Greenarrow Court. Walk east along Central Park to the east side of Glenvale Boulevard, then south to the school.
  • Northbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 12 Grenoble and 92 Bramalea GO shuttle routes to Glenvale Boulevard across from Geraldine Court, beside the school.

Wednesday, March 2

Stouffville District Secondary School
801 Hoover Park Drive, Stouffville
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO trains operating along the 71 Stouffville line and buses operating along the 70 Uxbridge / Stouffville / Markham and 71 Stouffville / Toronto routes to Stouffville GO Station. Connect with YRT buses.
  • YRT buses operating along the 9 Ninth Line route to Hoover Park Drive west of Weldon Road, beside the school.

Thursday, March 3

Holly Community Centre
171 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO trains operating along the 65 Barrie line or GO buses operating along the 68 Barrie / Newmarket route to Barrie South GO Station. Connect with southbound Barrie Transit buses operating along the 8A Yonge via Anne route. Ride buses to Park Place terminal, and continue to ride northbound buses operating along the 8A RVH via Essa route.
  • Northbound Barrie Transit buses operating along the 8A RVH via Essa route to Mapleton Avenue beside the community centre.
  • Southbound Barrie Transit buses operating along the 8B Essa via Blake route to Mapleton Avenue across from the community centre.

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Monday, March 7

St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School
1 St. Joan of Arc Avenue, Maple
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Northbound GO trains operating along the 65 Barrie line to Maple GO Station. Walk four blocks west along McNaughton Road to the school.
  • Southbound TTC buses operating along the 107 Keele North route to Keele Street and McNaughton Road. Walk one block west to the school.
  • Southbound TTC buses operating along the 107 Keele North route to Keele Street and McNaughton Road. Cross at the signal to the northwest corner, then walk one block west to the school.
  • Northbound YRT buses operating along the 26 Maple local route to Cranston Park Drive north of McNaughton Road. Walk south to McNaughton and then east one block to the school.

Tuesday, March 8

Robert Bateman High School
5151 New Street, Burlington
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West line to Appleby GO Station. Connect with Burlington Transit buses operating along the 20B Burloak / Lakeshore route.
  • Eastbound Burlington Transit buses operating along the 4 Central route to New Street beside the school.
  • Buses operating along the 20A Lakeshore / Burloak route to New Street beside the school.
  • Buses operating along the 20B Burloak / Lakeshore route to New Street at Adams Street across from the school. Cross New Street at the signal.

Wednesday, March 9

Lakeshore Collegiate Institute
350 Kipling Avenue, Toronto
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO trains operating along the 01 Lakeshore West route to Long Branch GO Station. Connect with TTC streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route.
  • MiWay buses operating along the 5 Dixie or 23 Lakeshore route to Long Branch GO Station. Connect with TTC streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route.
  • Southbound TTC buses operating along the 44 Kipling South route to Birmingham Street, beside the school.
  • Eastbound TTC streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to Lake Shore Boulevard West and Colonel Smith Drive. Cross Lake Shore West at the signal and walk one block north along Kipling Avenue to the school.
  • Westbound TTC streetcars operating along the 501 Queen route to Lake Shore Boulevard West and Kipling Avenue. Cross Kipling at the signal and walk north one block.

Thursday, March 10

Glengrove Public School
1934 Glengrove Road, Pickering
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO trains operating along the 09 Lakeshore East line to Pickering GO Station. Cross pedestrian bridge over Highway 401 to Pickering Parkway Terminal to connect with DRT buses operating along the 110B West Pickering route.
  • GO buses operating along the 51 Pickering / York U route to Pickering GO Station. Cross pedestrian bridge over Highway 401 to Pickering Parkway Terminal to connect with DRT buses operating along the 110B West Pickering route.
  • GO buses operating along the 92 Oshawa / Yorkdale route to
  • DRT buses operating along the 110A West Pickering route to Fieldlight Boulevard east of Lodge Road. Cross to the south side of Fieldlight, walk south one block along Glenview Road, then west one block along Glengrove Road to the school.
  • DRT buses operating along the 110B West Pickering route to Fieldlight Boulevard at Glenview Road. Walk south one block along Glenview, then west one block along Glengrove Road to the school.
  • DRT buses operating along the 900 PULSE route to

Monday, March 21

Holy Name of Mary Catholic Secondary School
115 Glenvale Boulevard, Brampton
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • GO buses operating along the 31 Guelph / Georgetown / Toronto, 32 Brampton / Trinity Common / North York and 36 Brampton / North York routes to Bramalea Terminal. Connect with northbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 12 Grenoble route.
  • Eastbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 9 Vodden route to to Central Park Drive east of Greenarrow Court. Walk east along Central Park to the east side of Glenvale Boulevard, then south to the school.
  • Westbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 9 Vodden route to Central Park Drive east of Graham Crescent. Walk east of Glenvale Boulevard, cross to the southwest corner, then continue south along Glenvale to the school.
  • Southbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 12 Grenoble route to Central Park Drive east of Greenarrow Court. Walk east along Central Park to the east side of Glenvale Boulevard, then south to the school.
  • Northbound Brampton Transit buses operating along the 12 Grenoble and 92 Bramalea GO shuttle routes to Glenvale Boulevard across from Geraldine Court, beside the school.

Tuesday, March 22

Nelson Mandela Park Public School
440 Shuter Street, Toronto
6:30 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Westbound TTC streetcars operating along the 501 Queen or buses operating along the 502 Downtowner routes to Queen Street East and Sumach Street. Walk north two blocks along Sumach. Cross over to the north side of Shuter Street. Walk half-block west to the school.
  • Eastbound TTC streetcars operating along the 501 Queen or buses operating along the 502 Downtowner routes to Queen Street East and Sackville Street. Cross Queen East at the signal. Walk north two blocks along Sackville. Cross over to the north side of Shuter Street. Walk half-block east to the school.
  • Westbound TTC streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas Street East and Sumach Street. Cross Dundas East at the signal. Walk south two blocks to Shuter, then half-block west to the school.
  • Eastbound TTC streetcars operating along the 505 Dundas route to Dundas Street East and Sackville Street. Walk south two blocks to Shuter. Walk east half-block to the school.

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