The provincial government has begun the process to expand GO Transit in the GTA and Hamilton area.
The government will issue a request for qualifications soon to select a consortium of companies to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the GO Regional Express Rail network in the next few weeks.
Plans include new trains, refurbished vehicles, infrastructure for electrifying the entire GO corridor, and improvements such as bridges, tracks and noise walls to make travel seamless.
Meanwhile plans are afoot to increase the number of tracks and platforms to make room for more train service and electrification across the entire network.
Ontario plans to upgrade 22 existing GO stations
And consider plans to build six new GO stations.
Along with the city of Toronto, the province will also issue request for qualifications to build six new Toronto SmartTrack stations.
With elections around the corner, the government has been in a hurry to announce funding for plenty of pet projects that are designed to appeal to voters.
GO Regional Express Rail will be the foundation for Toronto’s SmartTrack project.
SmartTrack — the project Mayor John Tory ran on in the 2014 municipal election will mean integrated rail service on Stouffville, Lakeshore East and Kitchener GO rail corridors, and the Eglinton West Light Rail Transit extension between Mount Dennis and Renforth Gateway.
According to the government, Regional Express Rail includes more than 400 projects across more than 40 municipalities. It is being financed with the city of Toronto. – CINEWS