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GO Rail Network Electrification Addendum - Ask a Question

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Anonymous
Aug 23, 2020 - 18:39

Currently the electrification of GO is scheduled to be complete by 2025, with construction starting this year. The June 2020 Market update by Infrastructure Ontario showed that the GO Oncorridor (expansion) contract (which includes electrification) is only scheduled to be awarded in 2022 - yet again delayed. Is electrification still scheduled to start this year? What is causing the delay in the procurement of various contracts GO RER expansion contracts? And is the electrification of GO still scheduled to be complete by 2025?

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Metrolinx
Sep 16, 2020 - 11:51

Metrolinx is committed to finding the most sustainable solution for electrifying the GO rail network.   Electrification of the system and trains have been studied as part of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the GO Expansion program, currently in the procurement phase. The GO Expansion program is a single innovative, fully-integrated contract to run more and better service.

The successful proponent team will be responsible for selecting and delivering the right trains and infrastructure to unlock the benefits of GO Expansion. The contract is in a multi-year procurement process, and currently teams are completing the bids that will close in 2021. Construction will get underway in 2022, and a proposed schedule for completion will be available at that time.

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I would like to understand how Metrolinx intends to enforce construction rules, especially with construction occurring in the middle of the night. 1. Will Metrolinx install a 24 hour hotline for construction complaints? 2. Will they have high-level managers onsite during construction to oversee the enforcement of the guidelines? 3. What will happen if contractors do not follow those guidelines and significant community complaints are being made? 4. How will Metrolinx ensure our communities who live along the LSE have a voice in staging areas and construction timings?

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Metrolinx
Sep 11, 2020 - 12:30

Thank you for your questions and interest in the GO Rail Network Electrification Addendum.

With respect to Question 1, prior to the commencement of construction, the Contractor will be required to develop and submit a detailed Construction Noise Management Plan to Metrolinx.

When possible, construction will be limited to the time periods allowed by the locally applicable bylaws (generally during the daytime hours and during weekdays). Certain types of construction work can only be completed when trains are not in service (i.e., outside of business hours). Although provincial agencies such as Metrolinx and Hydro One are not subject to municipal bylaws, Metrolinx (and it’s Contractor) will endeavour to adhere to these local bylaws as a best practice, where practical.

A Communications and Complaints Protocol will be developed by the Contractor, which will indicate how and when surrounding local businesses and property owners/tenants will be informed of anticipated upcoming construction works (including work at night) and who they can contact should they have any concerns. This will include a response strategy to address/resolve potential noise/vibration complaints during the construction phase.

With respect to Questions 2 and 3, as documented in the 2017 GO Rail Network Electrification Environmental Project Report (EPR), an Environmental Management System (EMS) will be established and implemented to ensure that environmental protection/mitigation measures identified through the GO Rail Network Electrification TPAP are fulfilled and functioning as expected. The EMS will also include any additional commitments and mitigation measures identified as part of this TPAP Addendum. The overall intent of the EMS will be to integrate environmental management into the daily operations and other quality management systems of the project throughout the detail design and construction phases of the project.

Construction activities, compliance and any identified complaints will be closely monitored by Metrolinx representatives to ensure that construction activities are conducted in accordance with project requirements and associated mitigation/monitoring plans.

With respect to Question 4, additional communications will be undertaken during the detailed design and construction phases of the project to ensure that local businesses and adjacent properties owners/tenants are provided with updated information regarding construction activities and timelines within their respective neighborhoods. Detailed design will begin in 2021 and construction for the OnCorr Program is expected to occur from 2022 to 2028.

Metrolinx has also developed an Information Sheet on Construction Management that was prepared as part of the consultation materials presented in Round 1 (held February 2020). Please see the link below for further information:

https://www.metrolinxengage.com/sites/default/files/info_sheet_6_-_construction_mgmt_-_final2.pdf.

Please see the link below to a recent Metrolinx blog post for information on how construction will be managed in Ontario communities:

https://blog.metrolinx.com/2020/03/25/getting-past-dirt-and-dust-during-critical-transit-development-how-metrolinx-will-tackle-future-go-expansion-projects-in-your-neighbourhood/

Should you have any specific concerns regarding the construction of this project within your community, please do not hesitate to advise.

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Where in your Construction Management Plan does it say that Metrolinx will consult with the community the are working in? Will there be any consultation prior to construction, that will involve all community homeowners and stakeholders, allowing them input into the Construction plans for their area?

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Metrolinx
Sep 11, 2020 - 12:39

Thank you for your questions and interest in the GO Rail Network Electrification Addendum.

Additional communications will be undertaken during the detail design and construction phases of the project to ensure that local businesses and adjacent properties owners/tenants are provided with updated information regarding construction activities and timelines within their respective neighborhoods. Specifically, a Communications and Complaints Protocol will be developed by the Contractor, which will indicate how and when surrounding local businesses and property owners/tenants will be informed of anticipated upcoming construction works.

In addition, prior to the commencement of construction, the Contractor will also be required to develop and submit a detailed Construction Noise Management Plan to Metrolinx.

Detailed design will begin in 2021 and construction for the OnCorr Program is expected to occur from 2022 to 2028.

Metrolinx has also developed an Information Sheet on Construction Management that was prepared as part of the consultation materials presented in Round 1 (held February 2020). Please see the link below for further information:

https://www.metrolinxengage.com/sites/default/files/info_sheet_6_-_construction_mgmt_-_final2.pdf.

Should you have any specific concerns regarding the construction of this project within your community, please do not hesitate to advise.

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What is your assessment criteria for the need for a noise wall, in areas that have homes in close proximity and/or backing onto the LSE tracks?

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Metrolinx
Sep 11, 2020 - 12:28

Thank you for your question and interest in the GO Rail Network Electrification Addendum.

Metrolinx is currently undertaking system-wide Noise and Vibration and Air Quality Studies associated with increased service levels. Further information, including results of these studies and proposed mitigation along the Lakeshore East (LSE) Corridor are anticipated to be available in Fall 2020 and will be presented at the third round of Public Open Houses. Should you have questions or concerns after reviewing the study results and location of proposed mitigation, Metrolinx would be pleased to provide further clarification or discussion in an effort to address any remaining concerns.

The Noise and Vibration Studies being completed as part of the GO Rail Network Electrification TPAP Addendum will assess how noise and vibration levels will change from existing operations (2015) to the proposed future operations, and to determine whether mitigation measures may be required. As per the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP)/GO Transit Protocol for Noise and Vibration Assessment, noise impacts from the future GO Transit rail traffic will be expressed in terms of Adjusted Noise Impact, which is based on the difference between the pre-project and post-project noise levels.

Noise increases above 5 dBA trigger the draft GO Transit/MECP Noise and Vibration Protocol to consider noise mitigation. Any proposed mitigation for both sound and vibration effects must meet administrative, operational, economic and technical feasibility criteria. Where all criteria are met, the mitigation solutions (i.e. noise barrier) will be recommended. 

For the section of Joint Corridor shared with the proposed Ontario Line, noise modelling and mitigation effort is being closely coordinated between project teams.

Should you have concerns about a specific location along the LSE Corridor, please contact Metrolinx and someone from our Community Relations team will be in touch.

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Aug 18, 2020 - 14:34

I notice you are only releasing the EPR Addenda in "Fall 2020" subject to a 30 day public and stakeholder review. That gives very our communities very little time to read it and digest the information enough to give relevant feedback on it. 1. Why is this 30 day release and consult process not extended? 2. What will Metrolinx do with the feedback from the community? ie. If the community feels noise walls need to be installed in their area, will this happen?

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Metrolinx
Sep 11, 2020 - 12:38

Thank you for your questions and interest in the GO Rail Network Electrification Addendum.

The Notice of EPR Addendum is anticipated to be filed in early 2021, which represents a change from the schedule presented earlier this year at the first round of Public Open Houses (POHs). This change was made to coincide the filing of the Notice of EPR Addendum with the Notice of Completion for the New Track & Facilities TPAP. Please refer to the information at the following link for the latest project timeline: https://www.metrolinxengage.com/sites/default/files/electrification_addendum_timeline_-_v6r1.pdf

Metrolinx greatly values community input. In an effort to engage the public and provide opportunities to review and comment on the project in advance of the EPR Addendum filing, Metrolinx will have hosted three (3) separate rounds of POHs. The first round was held in February 2020, the second round is currently being held virtually from August 18 to September 1, and the third round is anticipated to be held virtually in Fall 2020. These POHs are intended to present relevant project information (including project designs, potential impacts, and proposed mitigation measures) as details become available and solicit feedback from participants and interested stakeholders.

The 30-day public and stakeholder review period of the EPR Addendum is a regulatory standard and will be undertaken in accordance with requirements outlined in Ontario Regulation 231/08 - Transit Projects and Metrolinx Undertakings.

All feedback that is received as part of the project (including POHs) will be included as part of the Consultation Record and will be considered as part of the 35-day Minister’s review before a decision on the project is issued. Metrolinx is required to demonstrate how public and stakeholder comments that were received were considered and/or addressed as part of the project. Please refer to the following link for a copy of the Public Meeting Summary Report from the first round of POHs, which shows how we have collected and considered public comments: https://www.metrolinxengage.com/sites/default/files/go_expansion_public_meeting_round_1_final_summary_report_comp.pdf

Metrolinx is currently undertaking system-wide Noise and Vibration and Air Quality Studies associated with increased service levels. Further information, including results of these studies and proposed mitigation are anticipated to be available in Fall 2020 and will be presented at the third round of Public Open Houses. Should you have questions or concerns after reviewing the study results and location of proposed mitigation, Metrolinx would be pleased to provide further clarification or discussion in an effort to address any remaining concerns.

If there are particular areas of concern for the community please let Metrolinx know.  Feedback is appreciated through all stages of the EPR Addendum process.

Anonymous's avatar
Aug 18, 2020 - 13:07

When will the planned vegetation removal be occurring along LSE from Eastern Ave to Coxwell section?

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Metrolinx
Sep 2, 2020 - 15:06

Thank you for your comment.

Metrolinx will work with its contractor to finalize the removals schedule once the contract for the Vegetation Removal and Compensation Program is awarded late this year. Work will be phased throughout the GO rail network over the course of a couple of years.

If you haven’t done so already, kindly subscribe to our regional Toronto East e-newsletter here. We will be using it to advise communities prior to any removal work starting and we also regularly share updates on all other exciting projects happening in the area.

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Anonymous
Aug 18, 2020 - 14:52

How is it that on a page entitled Provide feedback, there is only information on reading more reports and no place to provide feedback (other than ask questions)?

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Aug 26, 2020 - 10:20

Thanks for your comment. To ensure we accurately address your concern please provide the webpage URL in reference, here. We will review and get back to you asap. Please also feel free to provide the feedback you had hoped to share initially through this same contact page.

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Aug 18, 2020 - 18:46

1. What will be make of the Electric motive power and numbers of engines for the Barrie Corridor?
2. What is the earliest date for the two track electrified Barrie line to be operating?

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Metrolinx
Sep 1, 2020 - 16:42

Thank you for your questions and interest in the GO Rail Network Electrification Addendum.   We are currently reviewing the fleet strategy to determine the type(s) of vehicles we will procure. This work is looking at vehicle types from self-propelled electric multiple units (EMUs) to electric locomotives to a combination of both. The fleet strategy review is still on-going at this time.

In accordance with the proposed future Train Service Scenario, the following train consists (including revenue and non-revenue movements) are anticipated on the Barrie Corridor post-electrification:

  • 1 Diesel Locomotive with 6 Cars, which will comprise approximately 4% of trips;
  • 1 Electric Locomotive with 6 Cars, which will comprise approximately 84% of trips; and
  • 2 Electric Locomotives with 12 Cars, which will comprise approximately 12% of trips.

Metrolinx is currently undertaking system-wide Noise and Vibration and Air Quality Studies associated with increased service levels. Further information, including results of these studies and proposed mitigation are anticipated to be available in the fall of 2020.

The GO Rail Network Electrification TPAP Addendum is anticipated to be complete Spring 2021. GO Expansion is part of a system wide project to design, build, operate and maintain the network, currently in the procurement phase. The winning proponent will propose and procure trains that meet the requirements to deliver future service levels on the GO Transit rail network. Once a proponent is selected there will be further information in terms of construction scheduling and sequencing. Updates will be provided to the public and stakeholders prior to construction.

 

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Anonymous
Aug 22, 2020 - 15:20

I notice you always favour the north and west. Why is that. Why is there nothing past Oshawa. We have all a vote and pay taxes out here.

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Metrolinx
Sep 14, 2020 - 09:48

More GO service to Bowmanville is part of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Expanded rail service will provide Durham Region with more direct connections to the larger GO Transit network, helping to reduce congestion in the GTHA while connecting people to education and job opportunities. Expanding GO Train service in Durham Region builds upon planning work and service and infrastructure improvements that are already underway through our Regional Transportation Plan.

More information about the project can be found here: http://www.metrolinx.com/en/greaterregion/projects/bowmanville-expansion.aspx

If you’d like to join our email distribution list to stay up to date as we expand GO service to Bowmanville, please email us at [email protected] 

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Aug 24, 2020 - 19:37

Would this result in all day train service?

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Metrolinx
Aug 26, 2020 - 11:16

Until the advent of COVID-19, we had more frequent GO service on the Barrie corridor than ever before, including all-day service on core segments of the line. In 2019, we added more weekend service to Barrie as well.

Starting Sept. 5, as the province moves through Stage 3 of pandemic recovery, Metrolinx will be resuming most train service to provide service every hour, with more service during rush hours, and hourly throughout most of the day in the midday, evenings and on weekends.

As part of the On Corridor program, the goal is to provide all-day, electrified GO service to Allandale GO Station, and to allow for more travel choices for our customers.

You can find more information about the Barrie GO Expansion here.

Anonymous's avatar
Aug 27, 2020 - 18:13

Sorry, please disregard the previous question where I asked if the fence can be labelled on the PDF. I now see that it is. Also, I now see that there's a difference between the construction fence and the permanent fence. I had also included a Google Streetview location of the area where the fence would go but I realize that's not the permanent fence location and it's actually here. So it'd be great to see a cross-section rendering of how the multiuse trail and the permanent fence.

https://bit.ly/31xm63T

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Metrolinx
Nov 25, 2020 - 13:53

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Updated renderings will be made available at the next round of public consultation. 

We appreciate your participation and feedback, as it is an important part of our work. We look forward to your continued involvement with the Project. 
 

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Anonymous
Sep 10, 2020 - 18:02

Hi, can you please let me know what the impacts to Haig blvd will be? Is the previously deenergized hydro one towers going to be part of this project to supply more power to the grid?

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Metrolinx
Sep 30, 2020 - 15:34

Thank you for your questions and interest in the GO Rail Network Electrification TPAP Addendum.

Haig Boulevard, which intersects the Lakeshore West Corridor within the City of Mississauga is located outside of the TPAP Addendum study area; as such, no further changes are proposed beyond what was identified as part of the 2017 GO Rail Network Electrification TPAP.

OCS support structures along electrified corridors will be designed to span at-grade rail crossings such as Haig Blvd. and will not impede existing traffic movement. No additional barriers are required/proposed at this crossing as a result of electrification.

Currently, there are no plans to utilize the transmission towers near Haig Boulevard as part of the infrastructure required for the Go Rail Network Electrification Project. Power to electrify the network, including the Lakeshore West Rail Corridor will be drawn from existing Hydro One transformer stations as described in the 2017 EPR, Volume 1. The EPR and supporting technical studies are available for review at http://www.metrolinx.com/en/electrification/electric.aspx

Daniel's avatar
Oct 2, 2020 - 13:28

Hi! In one of your responses, you said that the Barrie Line would use the following technologies:
- 1 Diesel Locomotive with 6 Cars, which will comprise approximately 4% of trips;
- 1 Electric Locomotive with 6 Cars, which will comprise approximately 84% of trips; and
- 2 Electric Locomotives with 12 Cars, which will comprise approximately 12% of trips.
According to the Go Expansion Business Case, the plan was to solely rely on EMUs and Electric Locomotives. Why did Metrolinx decide to not use EMUs and why won't diesel be fully phased out?

Also regarding the Barrie Line, would the Innisfil Transit Hub & TOD be built as part of the station upgrades program? Could you provide an update on the Maple Station rebuild?

Finally, I was wondering if the Richmond Hill Line will be electrified. I know that there have been studies, but the Business Case states that it'll still use diesel trains.

Thanks for the help and I hope to hear from you!

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Metrolinx
Oct 23, 2020 - 15:26

Thank you for your questions and interest in the GO Rail Network Electrification Addendum.  

The 2018 GO Expansion Business Case indicated that electrified service would be provided by a combination of Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) and electric locomotives. Metrolinx has continued to review the fleet strategy to determine the type(s) of vehicles we will procure. The fleet strategy review is still on-going at this time.

For the purposes of assessing noise and vibration related impacts along the Barrie Corridor a future Train Service Scenario was established, representative of the predictable worst-case scenario. Since electric locomotives are louder than EMUs, they were used to capture the range of actual scenarios that may be implemented in the future to deliver the required service levels. This does not preclude the usage of EMUs over electric locomotives on the Barrie corridor in the future.

With respect to your question about why diesel service will not be fully phased out, Metrolinx is electrifying GO-owned rail corridors. Service on rail corridors not currently owned by Metrolinx will continue using diesel trains. As such, Metrolinx will maintain a mixed electric and diesel fleet. As part of the predictable worst-case scenario it was assumed that diesel locomotives would be used on 4% of trips along the Barrie Corridor to service any peak period increases above predicted volumes.

Metrolinx acknowledges that the Town of Innisfil is moving forward their Orbit vision for a proposed Transit Oriented Community.

In 2016, Metrolinx completed an Initial Business Case (IBC) and further completed a Preliminary Design Business Case (PDBC) in 2018 which examined the benefits of a potential Innisfil GO Station on the Barrie GO rail corridor within the Town of Innisfil at 6th Line, just east of 20th Sideroad. 

In April 2019, Metrolinx adopted the Transit Oriented Communities Program to implement transit infrastructure that leverages the value of Metrolinx’s transit network, service and real estate portfolio. This program involves the partnership between Metrolinx and a third party to deliver new or improved transit infrastructure wherein third parties will fund the design and construction of infrastructure and Metrolinx will operate it.

In response, the Town of Innisfil prepared and endorsed the Orbit plan, which is centered around a proposed GO station along the Barrie rail corridor. The proposed GO station which is subject to further approvals and agreements would be delivered by a third party partner and not as part of the station upgrades program.

As an update regarding the Maple GO Station, the tender for Maple GO Station Improvements is expected to be issued in Winter 2020. Contract award will be completed in Spring 2021 with construction beginning Summer 2021.

A portion of the Richmond Hill corridor will be electrified between the Union Station Rail Corridor (USRC) and Pottery Road to allow for efficient movement of trains in and out of the USRC. The assessment of electrification infrastructure is currently being assessed as part of the New Track & Facilities TPAP. More information about the project can be found here: https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/newtrackfacilities

You are correct that train passenger service along the Richmond Hill Corridor will continue to use diesel locomotive trains.

Daniel's avatar
Oct 2, 2020 - 13:33

Hi!

The render for the electric poles (on your website) isn't really nice. The poles are not really visually pleasing and look very industrial. They don't really blend in with their surroundings.

Could your team please consider making the pole design nicer, so that they blend in better with their surroundings and so they are more pleasing to look at?

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Metrolinx
Oct 8, 2020 - 15:49

Thank you for your questions and interest in the GO Rail Network Electrification Addendum.  There will be visual impacts of varying degrees due to the implementation of the Overhead Contact System (OCS), i.e. poles, wires along the rail corridors. The OCS support structures will be positioned along the track at a maximum spacing of approximately 65m. The OCS design including placement of support structures will be finalized during the detailed design phase. Metrolinx is aware the installation of OCS infrastructure will affect the viewshed along the rail corridors, particularly in areas of vegetation/tree clearing. 

Visual impacts were assessed as part of the 2017 Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) and documented in the Visual Impact Assessment Report (Appendix H2 of the EPR). This report can be accessed at http://www.metrolinx.com/en/electrification/electric.aspx. Areas where additional electrification infrastructure is required as a result of new/upgraded tracks and layover facilities is currently being assessed as part of the TPAP Addendum. Visual impacts have been classified into four (4) visual impact area categories depending on surrounding land uses: negligible, low, moderate, and high.

Visual impact mitigation strategies for OCS will be identified and incorporated into the design process. These strategies will address the range of visual conditions, area allocations, and mitigation needs that will be found along the corridor. Areas of ‘high’ visual impact as identified in the EPR and/or EPR Addendum will be reviewed and specific design measures will be incorporated to mitigate visual impacts of OCS.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 23, 2020 - 14:08

I recently received a flyer with a rendering of 2 different retaining wall facades. The flyer mentions that these walls "will not go above the height of the rail corridor". I would like to know what that means; how high are these retaining walls?

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 24, 2020 - 10:40

Once the Barrie Line expansion is completed, will there be express trains that run directly from Barrie to Union station? If not, will there be any other direct runs from a Barrie line station to Union Station?

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Metrolinx
Nov 26, 2020 - 11:06

Part of Metrolinx’s GO Expansion program includes increasing the number of weekly trips from 1500 currently to 6000 by 2025. As we build new infrastructure to prepare for this service increase, we’re always looking for ways to shorten customer trip times.

There are many factors that influence this, including available infrastructure, rail traffic and available equipment. We are continuing to expand service on Barrie line to make taking GO better, faster and easier. Service on the Barrie line will include two-way, all-day service, meaning more frequent service during middays, evenings and weekends to and from Barrie.

As part of our service planning, we are considering introducing express train service, where some trains bypass some stations, which would shorten some trip times.

Moreover, our business case for GO Expansion proves that customers would experience a faster service with an electrified system because electric trains can accelerate and decelerate faster than diesel trains, which means that they can travel at top speed for longer and therefore shorten customer trip times. You may wish to learn more about our GO Expansion Program here, or by reading the GO Expansion Business Case here.

Anonymous's avatar
Nov 27, 2020 - 15:02

Hi there, I'm interested in the Barrie line electrification. Can you please explain which stops will be serviced by the express train when it is in service, as well as what the timeline currently looks like for this project? Thanks.

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Metrolinx
Dec 1, 2020 - 16:09

Metrolinx is continuing to expand service on Barrie line to make taking GO better, faster and easier. Service on the Barrie line will include two-way, all-day service, meaning more frequent service during middays, evenings and weekends to and from Barrie. Furthermore, the Barrie Rail Corridor will have electrified GO train service between Allandale Waterfront GO Station (in the City of Barrie) and Union Station (in the City of Toronto). As part of our service planning, we are considering introducing express train service, where some trains bypass some stations, which would shorten some trip times. Additional information regarding Metrolinx’s detailed service plan can be found here.

The Significant Addendum to the 2017 GO Rail Network Electrification Environmental Project Report (EPR) is now being undertaken to and is anticipated to be complete Spring 2021, with detailed design to follow. The construction may start as early as 2022, with construction being phased across the GO Rail Network.

GO Expansion is part of a system wide project to design, build, operate and maintain the network, currently in the procurement phase. Once a successful proponent is selected there will be further information in terms of construction scheduling and sequencing. To stay up to date as the GO Expansion Program continues to progress, I would encourage you to subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Anonymous's avatar
Dec 1, 2020 - 01:18

Can you provide an update on measures that will be taken to provide noise and vibration mitigation in specific areas?

For instance, the 2017 noise and vibration modelling report concludes that barriers are indeed feasible behind Darrell Avenue, just east of Woodbine. Considering how close the street is to the tracks, this is an absolute necessity in the case of expanded tracks and trains in that area. When will be be able to find out what the specific plans are for areas like that? If you are going to increase train volume that dramatically, you must take every possible measure to decrease noise and vibration.

Thanks!

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Dec 7, 2020 - 14:10

As part of the GO Rail Network Electrification Addendum, updated noise and vibration studies have been undertaken to assess potential impacts associated with Metrolinx’s new detailed service plan. The new noise and vibration studies being undertaken for the upcoming Electrification TPAP Addendum supersede the previous 2017 studies.Since the previous EA was completed in 2017 Metrolinx has already contracted to build approximately 27.25 km of noise walls along the Barrie and Stouffville rail corridors where new track is being constructed. Metrolinx has also committed to installing exhaust noise silencers on existing and future diesel locomotives operating on the GO rail network.

Additional noise walls have been proposed in proximity to the referenced location along the Lakeshore East corridor as a mitigation measure that goes above and beyond the Ontario Provincial protocol to ensure noise walls are recommended in communities that are already experiencing high background noise. In addition, recommended vibration mitigation for new tracks have also been recommended at this location. The supporting Draft Noise and Vibration Study for the Lakeshore East Corridor is available at the link below:

https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/content/go-rail-network-electrification-addendum-important-documents-0

An Interactive Map and Roll Plans showing the location of recommended noise and vibration mitigation has been presented as part of PIC #3 and can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/content/go-rail-network-electrification-addendum-noise-vibration-and-air-quality-studies

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Metrolinx
Dec 11, 2020 - 16:44

Since 2017, Metrolinx has developed a detailed design and service plan for how increased passenger service will be delivered for the GO Expansion program in the future, including a mix of diesel and electric propulsion.  These proposed changes required a reassessment of potential noise and vibration effects as part of an addendum to the 2017 EPR. As part of the addendum, Metrolinx looked not only at where mitigation measures may be placed, but where their placement will benefit the most people. We also considered mitigation where the project will not increase noise significantly, but existing noise levels are already high. This updated assessment provides a clear understanding for residents, businesses and other properties along our corridors, on what noise and vibration impacts may affect them, and the mitigation measures that will be implemented.

Metrolinx will go above and beyond regulatory requirements to mitigate noise and vibration as part of GO Expansion. The most effective form of mitigation is reducing or eliminating the sound at the source.  Not only is source mitigation most effective, but it reduces sound levels for all properties along Metrolinx rail corridors, not only those identified as impacted in the EA Assessment.  For example, Metrolinx has committed to installing exhaust noise silencers on existing and future Metrolinx diesel locomotives which will decrease the sound from these trains by 3 dB at all properties along the corridors. Where mitigation at the source itself is not possible, receptor-based mitigation such as noise walls are then considered to protect areas most affected.

Since the previous EA was completed in 2017 Metrolinx has already contracted to build approximately 27.25 km of noise walls along the Barrie and Stouffville rail corridors where new track is being constructed.

The area around the Lakeshore East corridor is an area where the project will not increase noise significantly, but existing noise levels are already high. Therefore, Metrolinx will go above and beyond the Ontario Provincial protocol, and include noise walls in this area. In addition, vibration mitigation for new tracks have also been recommended at this location. The supporting Draft Noise and Vibration Study for the Lakeshore East Corridor is available at the link below:

https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/content/go-rail-network-electrification-addendum-important-documents-0

An interactive map and roll plans showing the location of recommended noise and vibration mitigation has been presented as part of PIC #3 and can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/content/go-rail-network-electrification-addendum-noise-vibration-and-air-quality-studies

Anonymous's avatar

Metrolinx has promised that the Ontario Line will be electric. Do you promise that the work to electrify Line 4 in the Joint corridor where the Ontario Line and GO will run side-by-side will be done at the same time as the Ontario Line work? That is, will you do all of the construction work for both of these projects at the same time so we don't have to live through this disruption twice?

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Anonymous
Aug 19, 2020 - 18:43

When are fares going to cover the actual cost of each ride? As a taxpayer who has not used transit in 50+ years I’m tired of paying anything that needs a subsidy to survive is a failure

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Metrolinx
Aug 21, 2020 - 09:44

Metrolinx is transforming its approach to be more commercial and to act more like a business. We are focused on its goals of increasing service and generating revenue while being cost efficient and reducing the reliance on the provincial operating subsidy. You can find more information and details in the 2019-20 Metrolinx Business Plan here on Metrolinx.com. We continue to look at more transformation initiatives to lower expense and increase revenue.

Anonymous's avatar
Aug 20, 2020 - 15:40

Metrolinx's plans for electrification are completely wrong, will take years and cost billions more than necessary.
Who can I discuss battery electrification. Save billions using existing tracks, save years in building. The new electric Semi Truck from Tesla has enough power to pull a GoTrain. Quiet. Much cheaper. Cleaner. Charging at night almost free power.

Please provide the right person to speak to at Metrolinx.
Otherwise we are making a terrible mistake.

All the bets,
Brian Wark

Metrolinx's avatar
Sep 16, 2020 - 11:56

Metrolinx is committed to finding the most sustainable solution for electrifying the GO rail network.   Electrification of the system and trains have been studied as part of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the GO Expansion program, currently in the procurement phase. The GO Expansion program is a single innovative, fully-integrated contract to run more and better service.

The successful proponent team will be responsible for selecting and delivering the right trains and infrastructure to unlock the benefits of GO Expansion. The contract is in a multi-year procurement process, and currently teams are completing the bids that will close in 2021. Construction will get underway in 2022.