Canada’s Ontario Government is investing to bring improvements across the GO Transit network, in a bid to increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy.
As part of its Moving Ontario Forward plan, the government will also build priority rapid transit projects that will connect to GO Transit and other systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
These new developments are part of Ontario’s plan to invest more than $130bn in public infrastructure over ten years.
The government is currently working with Metrolinx to bring Regional Express Rail to the GO rail network as part of its ten-year initiative, in order to provide faster and more frequent GO rail service and electrification on core segments of the GO network.
Regional Express Rail will offer a 15min, two-way, all-day service to Aurora and new two-way hourly service to Barrie during the midday, evenings and weekends.
Transport minister Steven Del Duca said: "The government is expanding access to transit and building the necessary infrastructure for now and for the future.
"People using the Barrie GO corridor will benefit from more train trips and future two-way service."
In addition, as part of the broader Regional Express Rail initiative, Ontario is building a new, second track on a section of GO Transit’s Barrie line.
Grading and bridge and culvert work is already underway on this second track, with construction expected to be complete in 2017. This project is expected to cost approximately $17.4m.
The government has extended GO’s rail network by nearly 90km, opened ten new GO stations, rebuilt two existing stations and added more than 31,000 parking spots across the system since 2003.
Image: The Ontario Government is planning to invest more than $130bn in public infrastructure over ten years. Photo: courtesy of © Queen’s Printer for Ontario, 2012-2015.