Ontario is introducing a year-long pilot that will use electronic highway signs to show drivers nearby transit information and promote alternative travel options, to help manage congestion and get people where they’re going sooner.
On October 17, a sign will be installed on the QEW near Appleby GO station displaying information about upcoming GO train trips departing from that station. The information will factor in the time it takes to drive there, park and catch the next available train. By the end of the year, the pilot will expand to Bronte and Oakville GO stations.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, said: “People who live and work across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area want less traffic congestion. By promoting alternative transit options like GO and UP Express, we’re taking action to help keep the region moving.”
Choice for commuters
“Our government has made transit investments in Burlington and across the province to keep Ontarians moving and provide an array of choices for commuters. By providing Ontarians with an additional tool to make timely decisions on their method of travel, we’re making their commutes easier so they can spend more time with the people and activities they love and less time commuting,” said eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington.
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 hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
- Appleby GO station is located in Burlington and has 2,964 parking spaces.
- In November, highway signs along Highway 401 and the QEW approaching Highway 427 will advertise the Union Pearson Express (UP Express) travel times between Toronto Pearson Airport and Union station. UP Express trains make the trip in 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes.
- As part of the pilot, technologies will be evaluated that determine real-time parking availability at GO stations. This information could also be displayed on the signs.
- Since 2003, Ontario has extended the GO rail network by nearly 90 kilometres, opened 14 new GO stations, rebuilt four existing stations and added more than 31,000 new parking spots across the system. – CINEWS