Ontario Improving Transit for Commuters and Families in the GTHA
Province Moving Forward with Upgrades to the Lakeshore West GO Line
Ontario is creating more transit options for commuters and families across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) with major improvements to the Lakeshore West GO line that will allow for increased service and better commutes.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was joined by Han Dong, MPP for Trinity-Spadina, today at the Exhibition GO Station to make the announcement.
The upgrades to the Lakeshore West GO corridor include:
- Track improvements and other work to enable increased service at Exhibition Station
- Mimico Station rehabilitation
- Long Branch Station improvements, including accessibility enhancements
- Upgrades to enable increased service at Clarkson and Bronte Stations
- Grade separations at Kerr Street and Burloak Drive
- Replacement of the Drury Lane pedestrian bridge
- Further expansion of the Lewis Road layover facility
These improvements and upgrades are part of the largest rail project in Canada as Ontario transforms GO from a commuter transit system to a regional rapid transit system. Weekly trips across the entire GO rail network are expected grow from about 1,500 to nearly 6,000 by 2024-25, with two-way, all-day service every 15 minutes or less coming to the Lakeshore West GO line.
Building better transit for commuters and families is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Ontario is investing $21.3 billion to transform GO Transit from a commuter transit service to a regional rapid transit system.
- Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and Metrolinx issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) today to build and finance the Lakeshore West Corridor Infrastructure Improvements project.
- Major infrastructure updates are required across the GO rail network to deliver GO RER, including additional track, GO station modifications, improved rail crossings, systems for electrification, and new locomotives and train control systems to enable more frequent service.
- Since 2013, Ontario built three new GO stations, renovated 10 existing GO stations, and added approximately 7,000 new GO station parking spots. The province also purchased 220 new GO buses, 69 new GO train coaches, and 10 new GO train locomotives.
- Ontario is making the largest investment in schools, hospitals, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
“The sum total of this work will mean more and better GO service for people along the Lakeshore West GO line. These improvements and upgrades are part of our plan to increase GO service across the GTHA. We are always looking for new ways to provide a better experience for commuters, and we are doing this by investing in the transit and transportation system that they deserve.”
Steven Del Duca
“We are excited to take another step towards more frequent and efficient service for our current and future customers. The kick-off of the Lakeshore West GO rail corridor procurement for close to a dozen projects will help Metrolinx deliver the GO expansion project on time and budget.”
“Faster and more frequent GO service will enable people to get where they are going quicker. Both the commuters who pass through and residents in Trinity-Spadina will benefit from this work on the Lakeshore West line. I am pleased to see this government continuing its course to meet the needs of people in Trinity-Spadina.”