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New GO stations in West Toronto support
regional express rail, SmartTrack plans

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack plan just got a major boost from the Government of Ontario today, Tuesday, June 21.

The Mayor dropped by Liberty Village this morning as Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Stephen Del Duca, announced four new GO Transit stations in Toronto on the Barrie and Kitchener lines. Metrolinx intends to build new stations as part of its regional express rail (or RER) program near:

  • Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue;
  • Spadina Avenue and Front Street West;
  • Liberty Village; and
  • St. Clair Avenue West and Keele Street.

All four proposed new GO stations are subject to environmental assessment processes and more planning, engineering and design work, but would all support the SmartTrack plan.

When operating, RER would provide faster, more frequent and more convenient rail transit service across the region and “electrify” core segments of the rail network by 2024.

SmartTrack was the main plank of Mayor Tory’s electoral platform. It would bolster the provincial RER program, providing subway-like urban rail service along GO tracks. It would connect three main job centres — Markham, the downtown financial district and the area near Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The Metrolinx Board of Directors will consider — and likely approve — the proposed new GO stations during its meeting meeting Tuesday, June 28.