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Ontario agency revises GO Transit expansion plans


Ontario's Metrolinx recently unveiled a revised proposal to expand service on GO Transit's Georgetown line.

The plan calls for adding track and making other improvements on the line so GO Transit can add service to Etobicoke, Bramalea, Brampton and Georgetown, as well as to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport. Currently, the trains on the Georgetown South line are operating at full capacity.

Metrolinx proposes to add about 15.5 miles of track between Malton and Union Station; widen 14 bridges; upgrade the GO Weston Stop to a full station serving GO and Union-Pearson trains; build a two-mile rail spur from the Georgetown Line to Terminal 1 at the airport and add a new station at the terminal; and design a future GO/Union-Pearson rail link station at Woodbine.

Metrolinx plans to hold public hearings during the next several months to obtain feedback on the proposal before developing a final plan.

The project is part of the $1 billion GO Transit Rail Improvement Program, which is funded by the federal and provincial governments, and local municipalities through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund.

Created by the Ontario government in 2006, Metrolinx is charged with developing and implementing an integrated multi-modal transportation plan for Toronto, Hamilton and four surrounding municipalities. The GO Transit Georgetown Line expansion will be one of the first projects to be implemented under the new regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas.


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