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Ontario Improving GO Transit Service Along All Corridors

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Ontario Improving GO Transit Service Along All Corridors

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is investing in improvements across all GO Transit corridors to increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy.

On April 16, 2015, Ontario moved ahead with its plan to unlock the value of certain public assets. The net gain provides Ontario with approximately $4 billion, which will go to Trillium Trust, where every dollar is set to build new transit and other priority infrastructure projects through Moving Ontario Forward.

Together with other asset optimization strategies, this would provide Ontario with $5.7 billion, or about $2.6 billion more from asset optimization than previously assumed. This increases Ontario's total commitment to Moving Ontario Forward from $29 billion to $31.5 billion. This is part of the province's plan to invest more than $130 billion over 10 years in public infrastructure, which represents the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history.

Over the next 10 years, weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from approximately 1,500 trips to nearly 6,000.

The government is working with its agency, Metrolinx, to bring Regional Express Rail (RER) to the GO rail network.

GO Regional Express Rail service represents:

  • More than a doubling of peak service and a quadrupling of off-peak service compared to today
  • Reduced journey times for some cross-region transit trips by as much as 50 per cent
  • A wider range of travel options to Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) residents

15-minute electrified service, running on weekdays, evenings and weekends for:

  • Lakeshore East and Lakeshore West corridors between Oshawa and Burlington
  • Kitchener line between Bramalea and Union Station
  • Barrie line between Aurora and Union Station
  • Stouffville line between Unionville and Union Station

Two-way, 60-minute service or better on weekdays, evenings and weekends for:

  • Hamilton on the Lakeshore West line (all day) between the Hamilton GO Centre and Union Station
  • Barrie line between Allandale-Waterfront and Union Station
  • Stouffville line between Mount Joy and Union Station

Peak period, peak direction service on weekdays every:

  • 15 minutes on the Lakeshore West line between Hamilton GO Centre and Union Station
  • 30 minutes on the Lakeshore West line between James Street North station and Union Station
  • 15 minutes on the Milton line
  • 30 minutes on the Kitchener line between Kitchener and Union Station
  • 15 minutes on the Kitchener line between Mount Pleasant and Union Station
  • 30 minutes on the Barrie line between Allandale-Waterfront and Union Station
  • 15-30 minutes on the Richmond Hill line
  • 20 minutes on the Stouffville line between Lincolnville and Union Station

Express service:

  • In addition to the services outlined above, communities between Oakville and Hamilton on the Lakeshore West line, between Bramalea and Kitchener on the Kitchener line, and between Pickering and Oshawa on the Lakeshore East line would benefit from express services to-and-from Union Station.

Media Contacts

  • Patrick Searle

    Minister’s Office

    Patrick.Searle@ontario.ca

  • Bob Nichols

    Communications Branch

    416-327-1158

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