The province has come to an agreement with CN that clears the way for two-way, all-day GO train service between Toronto and Waterloo Region.
The agreement in principle with CN will allow GO Regional Express Rail to be built along the Kitchener GO corridor and brings Ontario one step closer to building an innovation supercorridor.
The agreement also begins the planning and technical analysis to build a new freight corridor that will allow CN to shift most of its freight traffic from the section of the Kitchener corridor the company owns to the new corridor. That will free up capacity for more GO service through Brampton to Kitchener.
Premier Kathleen Wynne also announced today that Ontario is committing up to $43 million to help fund the Region of Waterloo’s proposed transit hub in downtown Kitchener. This hub will make it easier for transit users to connect to GO rail and bus service.
Starting in September GO will extend two morning and two afternoon peak train trips that currently run between Georgetown and Union Station to also serve Kitchener, Guelph and Acton. This will double the number of weekday train trips between Kitchener and Toronto.
Also in September, GO will introduce a new express bus service running all day between Kitchener and the Bramalea GO Station in Brampton — with the service timed to connect with GO rail and bus services to and from Union Station in Toronto.
Premier Wynne says “Every dollar we spend on transit grows our economy, creates jobs and strengthens our cities and communities. Expanding GO Transit between Kitchener-Waterloo and the GTA will reduce commute times and make a real difference in people’s daily lives.”
Connect to the things that matter. We’re doubling @GOTransit train service & introducing new express bus service on the Kitchener corridor.
— Metrolinx (@Metrolinx) June 14, 2016