Province Extending Richmond Hill GO Line to Highway 404 and Bloomington Road
Ontario is making it easier for commuters and families to get around York Region and the Greater Toronto Area with the construction of a new GO station at Highway 404 and Bloomington Road.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, joined by Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham, and Chris Ballard, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora, were at the site of the new GO station today to announce that the province has officially started construction on the project.
The new station will extend the Richmond Hill GO rail line north from the current terminus at Gormley GO Station, and will offer commuters living in Aurora and Whitchurch-Stouffville convenient access to GO Transit service.
The station will be fully-accessible and include a 765-space parking structure, charging for electric vehicles, heated shelters, a platform snowmelt system, a kiss & ride area and a covered six-bay bus loop. An additional 253 parking spaces will be available in a surface lot.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
Expanding public transit to improve people’s commute is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- The new GO station at Bloomington Road is scheduled to open in 2019.
- The cost to build the station is approximately $82.4 million, and the project is expected to support approximately 200 jobs.
- It includes a 12-car side rail platform with canopy, designated waiting areas, charging stations for electric vehicles, a kiss & ride, and scooter parking.
- The station will have rooftop solar panels and incorporate environmentally-responsible building design (LEED Gold) to reduce impact on the surrounding ecosystem.
- The Gormley GO Station, the current terminus on the Richmond Hill GO line at Stouffville Road and Hwy 404, opened in December 2016 and is served by five morning and five afternoon GO train trips each weekday.
“We have heard loud and clear that people in York Region want more transit options. The new station at Bloomington Road and Highway 404 will bring GO service closer to those living in York Region, making transit both more convenient and more accessible for commuters. Today’s ground-breaking is further proof that our government is committed to improving our transit networks and making your commute quicker than ever before.”
Steven Del Duca – Minister of Transportation
“I’m pleased to be at another opening of a new GO station, in my riding of Oak Ridges-Markham. This opening marks the second GO station opening in less than a year. Individuals in my riding have told me that improving transit is something critically important to them. Expanding GO service to Bloomington Road is another step in improving transit options and means a better commute for people to get to and from work, school and appointments.”
Dr. Helena Jaczek – MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham
“The new GO station at Bloomington Road will help make taking public transit an even easier and more convenient choice for people in Newmarket-Aurora. Expanding public transit is critical to improving mobility, managing congestion, curbing emissions and building strong communities.”
Chris Ballard – MPP for Newmarket-Aurora
“We are bringing more GO Train service to our customers on the Richmond Hill GO line with the construction of a new station at Bloomington Road. This is one of many infrastructure improvement projects we’re working on to bring more public transit to more people throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.”
Bruce McCuaig – President and CEO, Metrolinx
Image from: www.transit.toronto.on.ca
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