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GO Transit adds third track to busiest rail corridor


As part of the GO Transit Rail Improvement Program (GO TRIP), GO Transit recently added a third track to its Lakeshore West rail corridor, enabling the agency to extend mid-day and late-night service to Aldershot Station beginning Sept. 4.

Other work on the Lakeshore West corridor includes building two pedestrian tunnels and new elevators at Aldershot and Burlington stations that will be accessible to persons with disabilities; widening the south platform at Burlington Station to accommodate the new track; and extending the other platforms at Burlington and Aldershot stations to accommodate 12-car trains.

The overall project cost is $67.8 million, with the federal, provincial and municipal governments each picking up about one-third of the tab.

“This work will improve service and reliability for passengers on our busiest rail corridor,” said GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith in a prepared statement. “These improvements will encourage more people to get out of their cars and onto a GO train.”

GO TRIP is a $945.2 million expansion initiative funded by the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario and municipalities through the Canada-Ontario Strategic Infrastructure Fund.

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