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The Ontario government announced yesterday that excavation has been completed for the second of two tunnels under Highways 401 and 409, bringing the Kitchener GO Transit corridor one step closer to becoming a two-way, all-day rail service, according to a news release.
"This tunnel project will help increase capacity on the Kitchener corridor and, where possible, support all-day trips, in both directions to reduce congestion," said Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney in a press release. "Our goal is to establish a more reliable rail transit system in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which will drive significant economic growth and job creation that will benefit the entire province."
The Highway 401 and 409 Rail Tunnel Project includes a twin tunnel structure, and when complete, will provide space for two additional tracks in the future. Track, signaling and communications infrastructure will be installed under a separate contract. Substantial completion for the 401 and 409 Rail Tunnel Project is expected to be reached in 2021's second half.
This project is one of more than 20 major projects currently under construction to support the Metrolinx GO Expansion program, which involves creating two-way, all-day rapid transit service every 15 minutes on core segments of GO Transit's network.