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City of Vaughan Council Presentation, May 8, 2017

Metrolinx: Building the transportation network we need for the future

Metrolinx is delivering the largest transportation infrastructure program in Canadian history and it will transform the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA).  To give you a sense of the scope of what is planned, Metrolinx has an ambitious plan that envisions more than 1,200 kilometers of rapid transit – more than triple what exists now – so that over 80 per cent of residents in the GTHA will live within two kilometers of this network.  Currently, there are more than 400 rapid transit projects underway, creating enormous economic benefits of 800,000-900,000 person years of employment and an infusion of $110-$130 billion to our economy.  When complete, the Metrolinx plan will transform the way the GTHA moves. 

Our region’s growth is a sign of success and opportunity – but our transportation networks are at their limit. The GTHA is growing fast, and by 2041, it’s estimated that more than nine million residents will call the region home. This increase of almost 30 per cent means even more people on area roads year on year.

Guided by the Regional Transportation Plan, Metrolinx is driving forward projects across the GTHA – like expanded GO Train service, bike sharing programs, bus rapid transit projects, and light rail projects – to create more connections so the entire region can grow and thrive into the future.

Creating Connections in Vaughan

In Vaughan, Metrolinx is working to create more connections to the entire GO network with faster, more frequent local service – with a goal of providing 15-minute two-way, all-day service.

To make this happen we’re adding a second track between Aurora and Union Stations to allow for this service increase, in addition to making upgrades to Maple and Rutherford Go stations, including 1200 net-new parking spaces at each station, new pedestrian tunnels, new platforms, Kiss & Ride and bicycle facilities. 

We’ve also proposed a new GO station at Kirby Road to serve area residents, and will be facilitating direct connection to the TTC Spadina subway when the extension opens with a new GO station at Downsview Park. 

We’re improving level crossings across the entire network, including the introduction of two grade separations at Rutherford and McNaughton Roads, and over time we’ll be introducing electrification infrastructure to enable new trains that will cut journey times by up to 20%. 

Timing

Work is already underway on some projects in Vaughan, while other projects are still in the early design phase. 

  • Work at Rutherford GO Station is being completed in two phases, with the first phase – completion of a pedestrian tunnel – expected to be completed in late 2017. Phase 2 will begin in late 2018. Construction of the Rutherford Road and McNaughton Road grade separations is anticipated to be completed in approximately 2022.
  • Work at Maple GO Station is also being completed in two phases.  Work to install two new pedestrian tunnels is now complete and phase 2 work is expected to begin in spring 2019.
  • Installation of the second track between Union Station and Aurora that’s required to bring 15-minute two-way, all-day service is also underway.
  • The proposed new GO station at Kirby Road is currently in the early concept phase.

Learn more

To learn more about planned projects, download and read these two documents prepared for the Vaughan City Council meeting:

Our promise to you

We know there will be community-level disruption required to build a region-wide, integrated rapid transit network. Bringing new levels of GO service to you won’t come easily, but as we build in and around your community, we promise to keep you informed and to work with you to make sure disruptions are kept to a minimum.  From planning through to construction, we’ll be working closely with residents, elected officials and other community agencies to ensure we’re building the regional transportation system we all want and need, but in a way that is respectful to the communities we are part of. 

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