Construction Progressing on East Rail Maintenance Facility
New Facility Will Support More GO Train Service
The Ontario government joined Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario to tour the construction site of the new East Rail Maintenance Facility in Whitby today. A new maintenance facility is required to support GO Transit's planned service expansions including Regional Express Rail (RER) program.
Construction is well underway on the 500,000-square-foot facility, which is on track to be completed by end of 2017. Most of the underground foundation work for the main building has now been laid, and steel frames are beginning to rise. Once complete, it will give GO Transit more space to maintain, inspect, repair and store trains as it adds more service throughout the GO Train network. It will include:
- capacity to accommodate 13 trains, with the option to expand to accommodate 22 trains in the future
- fueling and washing facilities
- provisions for future electrification
The $859.2 million project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. The federal government is providing an investment of up to $94.8 million to support the construction of the facility through the P3 Canada Fund. Ontario is funding the balance of the contract at $764.4 million.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in the province's history - more than $134 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In the last six months of 2015, the province announced support for nearly 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. This initiative builds on that progress.
Investing in transit is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The East Rail Maintenance Facility will serve as a new rail maintenance facility to complement GO Transit’s existing Willowbrook Maintenance Facility in Etobicoke.
- At the peak of construction activity, approximately 1,000 workers are expected to be involved in the project.
- Plenary Infrastructure ERMF is the team responsible for designing, building, financing and maintaining the facility for a 30-year term, as per Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement contract.
- Since 2003, Ontario has extended GO’s rail network by nearly 90 kilometres, opened 14 new GO stations, rebuilt four existing stations, and added more than 31,000 new parking spots across the system.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
“It’s great to see progress on the new East Rail Maintenance Facility. This facility supports our plans to expand GO Transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and is part of Ontario’s Moving Ontario Forward plan, which will mean increased GO service for families in Durham region.”
“Moving forward with the construction of the East Rail Maintenance Facility is great news for commuters across the GTHA. We are committed to building modern, reliable transit infrastructure to keep people moving across the province’s core. This significant project will help ensure we are getting Ontarians where they need to be, while providing strong economic benefits to the area.”
“We’re building the East Rail Maintenance Facility so we can maintain and store more GO Trains. It’s a key part of our plan to bring more frequent, reliable train service to customers throughout the entire GO network.”