Province says better GO Train service coming to line that runs through Mississauga, Brampton and Halton
Commuters who regularly use the Kitchener GO Train line could see two-way, all-day service in the not-too-distant future.
Today (April 30), the province and Metrolinx provided an update on the plan to increase service on the line and released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to add new station platforms and track upgrades.
The line, which runs from Union Station to Kitchener, stops in Mississauga, Brampton and Georgetown.
"Our government is taking action to deliver significant advancements to GO service between Toronto and Kitchener that will bring more trips at every point along the line," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, in a statement.
"This project will help build fast, frequent and reliable transit that will better support families and businesses along the entire corridor."
The province says the benefits of two-way, all-day service on the line including "significant" travel time savings for GO riders with train service every 15 minutes on core segments.
The Kitchener line is projected to have 39,000 jobs and an estimated 54,000 residents living within approximately 10 minutes walking distance from a station with two-way, all-day service.
“We are getting people moving with fast and efficient transit," Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga-Malton, said in a statement.
"This is great for Mississauga and for all those who will travel on the Kitchener line.”
Metrolinx has issued an RFQ to move ahead with procurement for improved infrastructure between Georgetown and Kitchener. The Province says the RFQ package includes infrastructure improvements at Acton GO Station and Guelph Central Station that will help enable two-way train service, new maintenance of tracks and other track upgrades that will allow for higher train speeds.
“These advancements on the Kitchener corridor will connect more hardworking people to job and housing opportunities and help kick-start the economy here in Brampton and beyond,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, MPP for Brampton South, in a statement.
The province has also recently completed work on the Kitchener GO Rail line with the complete excavation of the twin tunnels under Highways 401 and 409. The Province says this will increase train capacity on the corridor.
The Province says it's working with CN Rail to increase GO Train service for two-way, all-day service.
The Province says that by 2041, the service is forecasted to attract between 10.9 million to 11 million annual boardings and reduce annual vehicle kilometres travelled by 16.2 million kilometres.
An estimated 2.3 million people and 1.4 million jobs will be located within 5 km of an existing GO station along the Kitchener line by 2031.
Travel time is estimated to be approximately 90 minutes between Kitchener GO station and Union Station, down from 111 minutes.
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