Metrolinx Rail Purchase Means Better Service for Riders
Ontario Improving Public Transit, Creating Jobs
Ontario is taking the next step towards two-way, all-day Regional Express Rail service along the Kitchener line, with the purchase of a 53-kilometre section of CN's Guelph subdivision rail line used primarily for GO Transit service between Kitchener and Georgetown.
The line runs from west of Main Street in Georgetown to Park Street in Kitchener. Metrolinx has also purchased property in Kitchener for the future site of a train-layover facility.
Regional Express Rail service will mean faster, more frequent trains, operating in both directions throughout the day, in the evenings and on weekends. By increasing Metrolinx's ownership along the Kitchener rail corridor, GO Transit will be able to improve service, control operations and make infrastructure upgrades needed to support service expansion, including morning inbound trains to Kitchener and evening outbound trains back to Toronto.
Building public transit and creating jobs are part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- GO Regional Express Rail would provide faster, more frequent service on GO corridors, in both directions, all day long.
- With this purchase, Metrolinx now owns 80 per cent of the rail corridor over which GO Transit operates, up from 67 per cent.
- GO Transit will be doubling train service between Kitchener and Toronto in 2016.
- On a typical weekday, GO runs almost 250 train trips and over 2,500 bus trips that carry about 250,000 passengers.
- GO Transit carries approximately 66 million passengers per year.
“Ontario is making record investments in public transit across the province, including investing more than $9.1 billion in GO Transit since 2003. By purchasing the CN track on the Kitchener line, this helps us add more train trips, improve reliability and help get more people to their destination sooner. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”
“This is good news for GO customers on the Kitchener line — and for people who are considering switching to GO. Ownership and control of our infrastructure is key to improving the existing service and planning for even more service on this line in the future, as we move towards two-way, all-day Regional Express Rail service across our network.”