TORONTO – More parking spaces are to be built at the Maple and Rutherford GO stations, making the daily commute easier for families in Vaughan.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation and MPP for Vaughan, was at Maple GO station today to make the announcement. “We’ve seen an increase in demand for GO rail service on the Barrie GO line, and along with this comes an increase in demand for parking spots. The tunnels are part of the big picture as we increase GO rail service and make stations more pedestrian-friendly. We’re taking action with our GO RER plan that will transform how the region moves.”
The province will construct new multi-level parking structures to help address the parking demands at Maple and Rutherford GO stations, which will provide 1,200 new spots at each station. Metrolinx will also be adding new pedestrian tunnels at both stations that will connect to the future second track and platform, which is needed to increase GO Transit service. This is another important milestone in expanding GO service on the Barrie line as part of Ontario’s ten-year GO Regional Express Rail (RER) plan.
- Construction will begin in 2018 at both Rutherford and Maple GO stations.
- To accommodate construction of the tunnels, GO station parking spots will be temporarily relocated at both stations. The number of parking spots will not be affected during tunnel construction as alternate parking spots will be available.
- Ontario remains committed to building a new GO station at Kirby which will include more parking for this growing region.
- GO RER will provide faster and more frequent GO rail service across the region, with electrification of core segments of the network. Weekly trips across the entire GO rail network are expected to grow from about 1,500 to nearly 6,000 over 10 years.
- 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.
Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx, said: “Metrolinx is happy to see the increase in demand for our service. We look forward to working with the Maple and Rutherford communities to manage the growing parking pressures, bring more GO rail service, and improve the transportation options to help everyone get where they need to go, faster and more efficiently.”
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.