Transportation minister Steven Del Duca made yet another transit announcement today.
Today he was north of the city to announce three new GO Train stations along the Barrie GO Transit line as part of Metrolinx’s GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program.
The stations will be located in the areas of Kirby Road in Vaughan, Mulock in the Town of Newmarket and Innisfil in Simcoe County.
That’s a total of 11 new GO stations announced by the province this week. On Wednesday Mayor Tory and Del Duca announced 4 new station in the west end of Toronto and on Thursday 4 stations in the east end.
In today’s announcement Del Duca said along the Barrie line, this service will provide travellers with access to all-day, two-way, 15-minute electrified service between Aurora to Union Station, including evenings and weekends, weekday rush 30-minute service between Allandale Waterfront to Union Station and 60-minute service midday. There will be 180 trains per day with 15-minute service.
The GO Regional Express Rail is one way Ontario is providing faster, more frequent and more convenient transit service across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and includes electrifying core segments of the network by 2024.
The program, which is being delivered over 10 years, will also help manage congestion, connect people to jobs and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by reducing car trips and improving travel times.
The proposed new GO Train stations will be considered at the June 28 Metrolinx Board of Directors meeting and are subject to funding availability, environmental assessment processes, and further planning, engineering and design work.
Del Duca says “Building the proposed new GO Stations in York Region and Simcoe County would support our efforts to build a modern and integrated transit network in the region and seamlessly connect communities and businesses. These proposed new stations would support increases in GO service and enhance regional transit connections.”