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

Another day, another provincial / municipal transit announcement…

Today, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Stephen Del Duca and Toronto Mayor John Tory visited the site of the former Unilever plant near Eastern and Broadview Avenues to announce four new GO Transit stations in Toronto on the Lakeshore East and Stouffville lines. Metrolinx intends to build the new stations as part of its regional express rail (or RER) program, which, in turn, supports Mayor Tory’s overground rapid-transit plan, SmartTrack. The new stations are at or near:

  • the Unilever site;
  • Gerrard Street East and Carlaw Avenue;
  • Lawrence Avenue East and GO’s Stouffville line; and
  • Finch Avenue East and GO’s Stouffville line.

The Lawrence station would be near the present Lawrence East station on the TTC’s 3 Scarborough rapid transit line. The minister and mayor did not announce a stop at Ellesmere road, which currently also has an Line 3 station.

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.

The Mayor and minister visited Liberty Village yesterday, Tuesday, June 21 to announce four new stations in west Toronto — also as part of RER and SmartTrack.