Ontario announced three new GO Train stations along the Barrie GO Transit line as part of Metrolinx's GO Regional Express Rail (RER) program - one each in the areas of Kirby Road in Vaughan, Mulock in the Town of Newmarket and Innisfil in Simcoe County.
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. 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 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.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Expanding and improving GO Transit is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
" 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."
- Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
" These new stations will vastly improve the options for commuters who travel along the Barrie Line. In Innisfil, not only will the new station cut down on the time spent driving to and from the station, it will also serve as a new transit hub that will benefit the greater community."
- Ann Hoggarth, MPP, Barrie
" This good news delivers on the commitment our Government made to residents of Newmarket-Aurora in 2014 to improve GO service. I have strongly advocated the need for this GO station on behalf of the people and businesses of Newmarket and am delighted to see that it will be built."
- Chris Ballard, MPP, Newmarket-Aurora
" For the vast majority of people living in York Region, improving our transit and transportation network is the top priority. By expanding GO Transit and investing in the Viva Rapid Transit System, York Region Transit and the Spadina and Yonge subway extensions, we can keep pace with the rapid growth we are experiencing and enhance our excellent quality of life. "
- Wayne Emmerson, York Region Chairman and CEO
" I would like to applaud the Government of Ontario for recognizing the growth and opportunity occurring here in Simcoe County and for making such a major commitment to public infrastructure and transportation. Simcoe County is home to growing communities, a thriving economy, job opportunities, world class post-secondary education and affordable lifestyles. Improving transit connections between our region and the GTA will contribute to the economic and social wellbeing of our residents and communities. "
- Gerry Marshall, County of Simcoe Warden
" We are moving forward with the single-largest addition of new stations along the GO rail network since we started service nearly 50 years ago. These new stations will bring improved transportation options closer to home to help everyone get where they need to go, faster and more efficiently. "
- Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx
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