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GO Transit's new rail maintenance facility in Whitby, Ontario, is slated to be completed by the end of 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announced late last week. The 500,000-square-foot facility will provide maintenance, repair, cleaning and storage for 13 trains. The CA$859.2 million shop is being constructed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification, officials from the ministry said in a press release.The project received CA$764.4 million from the Ontario government and CA$94.8 million from the federal government.The facility will support Ontario's GO Regional Express Rail program, which will provide faster and more frequent GO rail service. That project calls for electrifying core segments of GO Transit's rail network. "The Whitby rail maintenance facility construction is progressing on time and on budget. This facility will support the expansion of GO rail service, including our Regional Express Rail program," said Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca. Construction on the Whitby facility began in March 2015.Meanwhile, Del Duca yesterday joined local officials to open a new pedestrian bridge at GO Transit's rail and bus station in Ajax, Ontario. The bridge over Fairall Street is designed to improve access for pedestrians and motorists entering and exiting the Ajax GO Station, Ontario Ministry of Transportation officials said in a press release. Since 2013, the station has undergone a series of improvements, including the addition of a new parking structure and "kiss-and-ride" lot. In 2014, the station's platform and shelters were rehabilitated and a snow melt system was installed.
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