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Where shall we build new GO stations?



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Passengers detrain at Mount Pleasant GO station, beneath the station’s clock tower on March 22, 2016. Photo by James Bow.

Sixty-four GO Transit rail stations serve thousands of passengers daily throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Metrolinx is already working to build and connect a transit network that supports more frequent, electric, continuous service - regional express rail or “RER”.

To meet that goal, Metrolinx is looking at a number of sites for potential new stations. Access to stations and frequent service are key factors in convincing pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and drivers to use a larger GO rail service. It’s planning to develop stations that are important hubs for daily activities, not simply arrival and departure points.

Staff are considering several locations as part of the plan to expand the regional transit network. These locations result from analyzing the whole system and includes sites which are part of other municipal and public plans. They’ve developed a clear process and methodology for assessing all locations to consider possible new stations for positive and negative impacts. For example, well located stations can help to integrate regional and local transit and improve access to transit for surrounding communities. However, stations in some locations could mean longer travel times and delays that, in turn, discourage riders from using the trains. The process for evaluating new stations also balances service frequency, expansion and cost.

In stage 1 of analyzing possible new stations, staff identified a list of more than 120 sites. In stage 2, they focused their analysis, considering the impact of each possible station on service, how each could connect with other transit services and whether municipalities or passengers had previously asked for a station at each site. This Seconded the list of station sites to about 50.

Metrolinx is now at stage 3 of the process, further evaluating the remaining stations, considering strategic, economic, technical, operational and cost / revenue factors. Next, in stage 4, Metrolinx will host municipal and public consultation sessions for feedback from municipal officials, business, residents and potential future riders. In upcoming stage 5, staff will use information from the consultation events to scope the sites further for the final part of the process, stage 6. During that stage, Metrolinx will develop an in-depth business case to analyze each of the shortlisted sites.

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A GO train under the canopy of the eastbound platform at Pickering’s GO station. This photo was taken on May 20, 2011 by James Bow.


Here is the early list of potential sites and the narrower, second list of sites. After consulting with members of the public and other stakeholders, Metrolinx will likely narrow the list further.

Neither list includes two stations already under construction or in planning for the Richmond Hill line at Gormley and Bloomington or future stations on proposed extensions of the Lakeshore lines to Bowmanville or Niagara Falls. The first list includes some sites in Hamilton that may be part of the Niagara service, but they disappear from the second list. The first list also includes two stations for the Barrie line that are already under construction or in planning stages - likely because of their status, they disappear from the second list.


Early list of more than 120 possible station sites


  • 01 Lakeshore West line;
  • 09 Lakeshore East line;
  • 21 Milton line;
  • 31 Kitchener line;
  • 61 Richmond Hill line;
  • 65 Barrie line; and
  • 71 Stouffville line.

65 Barrie - Early list of sites
  • Innisfil;
  • Holland Landing (East Gwillimbury);
  • Mulock Drive (Newmarket);
  • St. John’s Sideroad (Aurora);
  • Yonge Street (Aurora);
  • Bathurst Street / 15 Sideroad (Aurora / King);
  • Dufferin Street (King);
  • Kirby Road (Vaughan);
  • Keele Street / Teston Road (Vaughan);
  • Langstaff Road (Vaughan);
  • Highway 7 / Concord (Vaughan);
  • Steeles Avenue West (Vaughan / Toronto);
  • Finch Avenue West (Toronto);
  • Downsview Park - already under construction / to connect with TTC subway (Toronto);
  • Wilson Avenue (Toronto);
  • Lawrence Avenue West (Toronto);
  • Caledonia - to connect with Eglinton Crosstown LRT (Toronto);
  • Rogers Road (Toronto);
  • St. Clair Avenue West (Toronto);
  • Davenport Road / Dupont Street (Toronto); and
  • Bloor Street West / Dundas West Station (Toronto).

31 Kitchener - Early list of sites
  • Rockwood (Guelph - Eramosa);
  • Heritage Road (Brampton);
  • Chinguacousy Road North (Brampton);
  • McLaughlin Road North (Brampton);
  • Kennedy Road South (Brampton);
  • Highway 410 (Brampton);
  • Dixie Road South (Brampton);
  • Highway 427 (Mississauga / Toronto);
  • Highway 27 / Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto);
  • Islington Avenue (Toronto);
  • Jane Street (Toronto);
  • St Clair Avenue West (Toronto);
  • Dupont Street (Toronto);
  • Dundas Street West / College Street / Lansdowne Avenue (Toronto);
  • Dufferin Street /Queen Street West (Toronto); and
  • King Street West / Liberty Village (Toronto).

09 Lakeshore East - Early list of sites
  • Lakeridge Road South (Ajax);
  • Harwood Avenue South (Ajax);
  • Durham Live Casino / Church Street (Pickering);
  • Brock Road (Pickering);
  • Whites Road (Pickering);
  • Rosebank Road (Pickering);
  • Morningside Avenue (Toronto);
  • Markham Road (Toronto);
  • Brimley Road (Toronto);
  • Birchmount Road (Toronto);
  • Warden Avenue / Danforth Avenue (Toronto);
  • Victoria Park Avenue (Toronto);
  • Woodbine Avenue (Toronto);
  • Coxwell Avenue (Toronto);
  • Greenwood Avenue (Toronto);
  • Jones Avenue (Toronto);
  • Gerrard Street East / Carlaw Avenue (Toronto);
  • Dundas Street East /Logan Avenue (Toronto);
  • Queen Street East / DeGrassi Street (Toronto);
  • Unilever / Don Valley Parkway / Eastern Avenue (Toronto);
  • Cherry Street (Toronto);
  • Parliament Street (Toronto); and
  • Lower Sherbourne Street (Toronto).

01 Lakeshore West - Early list of sites
  • Ottawa Street North (Hamilton);
  • Chapel Street / Gage Avenue North / Tim Horton’s Field (Hamilton);
  • Queen Street South (Hamilton);
  • Dundurn Street South /Cathedral Park (Hamilton);
  • Plains Road West (Burlington);
  • King Road (Burlington);
  • Queen Elizabeth Way (Burlington);
  • Guelph Line (Burlington);
  • Walker’s Line / Cumberland Avenue (Burlington);
  • Burloak Drive (Burlington / Oakville);
  • Bronte Road (Oakville);
  • Third Line (Oakville);
  • Fourth Line (Oakville);
  • Dorval Drive (Oakville);
  • Maple Grove Drive (Oakville);
  • Ford Drive (Oakville);
  • Winston Churchill Boulevard (Oakville / Mississauga);
  • Lorne Park Road (Mississauga);
  • Mississauga Road (Mississauga);
  • Cawthra Road (Mississauga);
  • Thirtieth Street (Toronto);
  • Kipling Avenue (Toronto);
  • Park Lawn Road (Toronto);
  • Windemere Avenue (Toronto);
  • Roncesvalles Avenue (Toronto);
  • Bathurst Street (Toronto); and
  • Lower Spadina Avenue (Toronto).

21 Milton - Early list of sites
  • Trafalgar Road (Milton);
  • Britannia Road West (Mississauga);
  • Eglinton Avenue West (Mississauga);
  • Mavis Road (Mississauga);
  • Cawthra Road / Dundas Street East (Mississauga);
  • The West Mall (Toronto);
  • The East Mall (Toronto);
  • Shorncliffe Road (Toronto);
  • Islington Avenue (Toronto);
  • Royal York Road / Dundas Street West (Toronto);
  • Runnymede Road (Toronto); and
  • Bloor Street West / Dundas West Station (Toronto).

61 Richmond Hill - Early list of sites
  • Elgin Mills Road East (Richmond Hill);
  • Weldrick Road East (Richmond Hill);
  • 16th Avenue (Richmond Hill);
  • Bantry Avenue (Richmond Hill);
  • Under Hughway 407; (Richmond Hill / Markham);
  • Bayview Avenue (Markham);
  • John Street / Green Lane (Markham);
  • Steeles Avenue East (Markham / Toronto);
  • Cummer Avenue (Toronto);
  • Finch Avenue East (Toronto);
  • York Mills Road (Toronto);
  • Don Mills Road / Bond Avenue (Toronto);
  • Lawrence Avenue East (Toronto);
  • Eglinton Avenue East (Toronto);
  • Millwood Road (Toronto);
  • Bayview Avenue (Toronto);
  • Brickworks (Toronto);
  • Prince Edward Viaduct (Toronto);
  • Gerrard Street East (Toronto);
  • Dundas Street East (Toronto);
  • Queen Street East (Toronto); and
  • Eastern Avenue (Toronto).

71 Stouffville - Early list of sites
  • Ninth Line (Whitchurch - Stouffville);
  • Elgin Mills Road East (Markham);
  • Major Mackenzie Drive East (Markham);
  • 16th Avenue (Markham);
  • Kennedy Road (Markham);
  • Highway 7 (Markham);
  • 14th Avenue (Markham);
  • McNicoll Avenue (Toronto);
  • Finch Avenue East (Toronto);
  • Ellesmere Road (Toronto);
  • Lawrence Avenue East (Toronto);
  • Danforth Road / Midland Avenue (Toronto).

Second, narrower list of more than 50 possible station sites


  • 01 Lakeshore West line;
  • 09 Lakeshore East line;
  • 21 Milton line;
  • 31 Kitchener line;
  • 61 Richmond Hill line;
  • 65 Barrie line; and
  • 71 Stouffville line.

65 Barrie - Second list of sites
  • Innisfil;
  • Mulock Drive (Newmarket);
  • Bathurst Street / 15 Sideroad (Aurora / King);
  • Kirby Road (Vaughan);
  • St. Clair Avenue West (Toronto);
  • Davenport Road (Toronto); and
  • Bloor Street West / Dundas West Station (Toronto).

31 Kitchener - Second list of sites
  • Breslau (Woolwich);
  • Heritage Road (Brampton);
  • Highway 27 / Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto);
  • Islington Avenue (Toronto) *;
  • Dufferin Street / Queen Street West (Toronto); and
  • King Street West / Liberty Village (Toronto).

09 Lakeshore East - Second list of sites
  • Lakeridge Road South (Ajax);
  • Whites Road (Pickering);
  • Coxwell Avenue (Toronto);
  • Greenwood Avenue (Toronto);
  • Jones Avenue (Toronto);
  • Gerrard Street East / Carlaw Avenue (Toronto);
  • Dundas Street East /Logan Avenue (Toronto);
  • Queen Street East / DeGrassi Street (Toronto);
  • Unilever / Don Valley Parkway / Eastern Avenue (Toronto);
  • Don Yard (Toronto); and
  • Cherry Street / Parliament Street (Toronto).

01 Lakeshore West - Second list of sites
  • Walker’s Line / Cumberland Avenue (Burlington);
  • Dorval Drive (Oakville);
  • Maple Grove Drive (Oakville);
  • Winston Churchill Boulevard (Oakville / Mississauga);
  • Kipling Avenue (Toronto);
  • Park Lawn Road (Toronto) *;
  • Roncesvalles Avenue (Toronto); and
  • Bathurst Street / Lower Spadina Avenue (Toronto).

21 Milton - Second list of sites
  • Trafalgar Road (Milton);
  • Cawthra Road / Dundas Street East (Mississauga);
  • The West Mall (Toronto);
  • The East Mall (Toronto);
  • Bloor Street West / Dundas West Station (Toronto).

61 Richmond Hill - Second list of sites
  • 16th Avenue (Richmond Hill);
  • John Street / Green Lane (Markham);
  • York Mills Road (Toronto);
  • Don Mills Road / Bond Avenue (Toronto);
  • Eglinton Avenue East (Toronto);
  • Millwood Road (Toronto);
  • Gerrard Street East (Toronto);
  • Dundas Street East (Toronto);
  • Queen Street East (Toronto); and
  • Cherry Street / Parliament Street (Toronto).

71 Stouffville - Second list of sites
  • 14th Avenue (Markham);
  • Finch Avenue East (Toronto);
  • Ellesmere Road (Toronto);
  • Lawrence Avenue East (Toronto);
  • Coxwell Avenue (Toronto);
  • Greenwood Avenue (Toronto);
  • Jones Avenue (Toronto);
  • Gerrard Street East / Carlaw Avenue (Toronto);
  • Dundas Street East /Logan Avenue (Toronto);
  • Queen Street East / DeGrassi Street (Toronto);
  • Unilever / Don Valley Parkway / Eastern Avenue (Toronto);
  • Don Yard (Toronto); and
  • Cherry Street / Parliament Street (Toronto).

* Metrolinx is comparing these sites with nearby stations.