Province Transforming GO Network with Largest Commuter Rail Project in Canada
Ontario is celebrating the 50th anniversary of GO Transit, which has been making it easier for people to travel across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) by connecting communities and helping to manage congestion, and looking to the future as it transforms the network into a true regional rapid transit system.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was at the Toronto Railway Museum today to mark the anniversary by opening the museum’s newest exhibit–a fully restored original GO train coach–and highlighting the new investments that are underway.
GO Transit, short for Government of Ontario Transit, began operating on May 23, 1967, as a 14-stop commuter rail line from Hamilton to Pickering. In its first year of operation, GO Transit carried 2.5 million riders, exceeding its projected ridership for that year in just six months. Today, GO Transit accommodates about 70 million trips per year on seven rail lines, connecting to 15 GO bus terminals and 17 municipal transit systems across the GTHA.
Moving forward, Ontario is undertaking the largest commuter rail project in Canada to bring even more GO rail service across the region. Through GO Regional Express Rail, more two-way, all-day service will come to large parts of the GO rail network, with much of the network electrified and service extended to Niagara Falls and Bowmanville. This will provide more travel choice by increasing the number of weekly trips across the network from about 1,500 to nearly 6,000 by 2025.
Building public transit to manage congestion, connect communities, and give people more travel options is part of our plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- GO Transit merged with Metrolinx in 2009 to improve the coordination and integration of transit in the GTHA.
- The province is investing more than $16 billion in priority rapid transit projects in the GTHA, including about $13.5 billion for GO Regional Express Rail (RER); about $1.4 billion for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Mississauga and southern Brampton; about $1 billion for a new LRT line in the City of Hamilton; and ongoing planning and design work for other priority projects in the Next Wave of The Big Move.
- The province has also committed $8.4 billion (2010 $) for rapid transit projects in Toronto, including the Eglinton Crosstown, Finch West and Sheppard East LRT projects, and an extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway line in Scarborough.
- Since 2003, GO Transit has built 14 new stations, rebuilt four existing GO stations, extended its rail network by nearly 90 kilometres and added more than 31,000 parking spots across the system.
- The GO Regional Express Rail program is the largest single investment in a rapid transit p50troject in Canada. It involves more than 500 separate projects across 31 municipalities, including electrification, track upgrades, bridge and station modifications and grade separations. Metrolinx will deliver these projects in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario using the province’s highly successful alternative financing and procurement model. Portions of the work will also support the SmartTrack program.