Ontario Increasing GO Transit Service Along All Corridors
Province’s Plan Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Ontario’s History
Through its Moving Ontario Forward plan, the government is investing in improvements across the GO Transit network to increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy. Funding through Moving Ontario Forward will also be used to build priority rapid transit projects that will connect to GO Transit and other systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
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.
The government is working with its agency, Metrolinx, to bring Regional Express Rail to the GO rail network. Regional Express Rail is the province's 10-year initiative that will give people throughout the GTHA new travel options, with faster and more frequent GO rail service and electrification on core segments of the GO rail network.
Construction of a new, second track on a section of GO Transit's Barrie line is part of the broader Regional Express Rail initiative. Grading and bridge and culvert work is already underway on this second track, with construction expected to be complete in 2017.
Regional Express Rail will allow for 15-minute two-way, all-day service to Aurora, and new two-way hourly service to Barrie during the midday, evenings and weekends. The new six-kilometre section of track will run adjacent to the existing track between York University GO Station and Rutherford GO Station.
Currently, there are 70 weekly trips on the Barrie line; over the next five years, that number will grow to more than 200. Over the next 10 years, weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from approximately 1,500 trips to nearly 6,000.
Maximizing the value of public assets is part of the government's plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The government’s Moving Ontario Forward plan will make $31.5 billion available over the next 10 years for investments in priority infrastructure projects across the province and is expected to support over 20,000 jobs per year, on average, in construction and related industries.
- Under Moving Ontario Forward, around $16 billion is being allocated to projects in the GTHA. Transit expansion and improvement projects already underway in the GTHA include Union Pearson Express, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, York VIVA Bus Rapid Transit and Union Station Revitalization.
- Adding the second track on the Barrie line will cost approximately $17.4 million. Planning and design work is also underway to bring more train trips and two-way service to the rest of the Barrie corridor.
- Since 2003, the Ontario government has extended GO’s rail network by nearly 90 kilometres, opened 10 new GO stations, rebuilt two existing stations and added more than 31,000 parking spots across the system.
- Studies show that congestion in the GTHA alone costs Ontario’s economy between $6 billion and $11 billion a year.
“When it comes to transit and transportation, we’re looking at the big picture. Creating better transit options and getting more people out of their cars is helping transform the way people in the GTHA move, while driving economic growth, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and improving quality of life. Adding this second line to the Barrie corridor will help get people where they’re going faster.”
“The government is expanding access to transit and building the necessary infrastructure for now and for the future. People using the Barrie GO corridor will benefit from more train trips and future two-way service. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”
“We are transforming the GO rail network — the backbone of regional rapid transit in the GTHA — to give people a faster, more convenient way to connect to the things that matter. Adding a second track to this section of the Barrie GO line is an important first step in bringing frequent, two-way service to communities along the line.”
“This is great news for the people of Barrie. Two-way, 30-60 minute service on weekdays, evenings and on weekends between Allandale-Waterfront Station and Union Station is a great step forward. I look forward to even more GO service improvements in the future.”