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Innisfil

Criteria

Many considerations factor into the assessment of new sites including:

Connectivity and Ridership Drivers

  • How many trips will start and end at this station?
  • Does the station connect to other transit lines and have the potential to improve service?
  • Does the station connect to key destinations?

Travel Time Savings

  • What are the time savings associated with the new station?

Market Potential

  • How well situated is the station in relationship to future market demand?

Development Potential

  • Can the station support future development and intensification?

Policy Alignment

  • Does the Station Area conform to Regional land use policy?

Construction Affordability

  • What is the cost to construct the station?

Ease of Construction

  • Can the required facilities be constructed in this location?

Innisfil

This station has been evaluated as follows:

  • High: Ease of construction, construction affordability.
  • Medium: Travel time savings, market potential, development potential.
  • Low: Connectivity and ridership, policy alignment.               

What are your thoughts on this analysis? Have we missed anything?

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Prisciak's avatar
Mar 3, 2016 - 13:30

The population may not be there now but the area is poised for dramatic growth and a station here will definitely be required in the years to come.

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CarolinaC's avatar
Mar 14, 2016 - 16:33

I live near the Rutherford GO Station and work in Innisfil. It would be wonderful to have the opportunity to take the train to work rather than having to drive. This would be a great commuting option for me, particularly if the Yonge St. GO bus connects to the station.

May I recommend that you place more PRESTO scanners at this proposed station than are present at the Rutherford Station? They're virtually impossible to find at Rutherford if you don't already know where they are.

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Peter Campbell's avatar
Mar 15, 2016 - 10:58

This 6th line location has already been rejected in an Environmental Assessment completed by Metrolinx. The preferred location was determined to be at the 5th line. The 5th line location is in the Innisfil Official Plan, and the Lefroy Secondary Plan and OMB Minutes of Settlement which GO Transit is a signatory dated June 27, 2008. The Lefroy Secondary Plan lot sizes and land uses have been determined based on the GO station at the 5th line. Hundreds of homes have been sold based on the GO station being located at the 5th line. Moving it to the 6th line, when it has already been rejected by Metrolinx in a previous EA makes no sense and will cause a huge 'uproar' in the community just as it did when this was suggested previously. And GO/Metrolinx would be offside on the executed OMB Minutes of Settlement.

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edski's avatar
Apr 1, 2016 - 15:56

Money was already spent on the red tape you mentioned and everyone agreed on the 5th. Metrolinx should just get on with building the station. Make sure you have ample parking.

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Carrera's avatar
Mar 17, 2016 - 15:55

With so many residents working in the Greater Toronto Area and many residents have to travel either Barrie or Bradford to take the GO Train , Either 6th or 5th Line will be an easier access for the Innisfil residents to take the GO.
Innisfil definitely need a GO Station seeing the growth of the town for the fast 3 years and still growing with all the new subdivisions going up.
Definitely a positive move for the town of Innisfil.

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Innisfil Lady
Mar 17, 2016 - 16:13

Innisfil absolutely could benefit from a Go station!
There are so many benefits for commuters for employment access, taking much needed traffic off the roads easpecially during the summer months not to forget Friday Harbour coming!
Great site for a stop!!

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Opal's avatar
Mar 17, 2016 - 23:28

I would appreciate stop for Innisfil. Currently commuting to Thorncliffe Parke area in Toronto can take 2 + hours driving. If I take GO from Barrie South To Union is 1 1/2 hours plus 45 minute TTC ride plus the 20 minute drive to Barrie GO Station my daily commute inreases to 6 hours a day. Would be helpful if there were alternating trains - one train through York University and alternate train through Don Mills/Leslie (Don Mills subway link).

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Commute from Innisfil everyday's avatar

Commute from Innisfil everyday
Mar 18, 2016 - 11:42

The only reason we moved from where we were was because we were told there was going to be a stop in Innisfil. We commute to Union every day and it can take upwards of 3 hours each way. Stop adding train cars to the Barrie line and just add more runs and a new stop.

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Bapike's avatar
Mar 18, 2016 - 16:35

We have suggested that Metrolinx use our land for the station. We live on 4th line (Killarney Beach Road) beside the tracks, where the original station used to be located. I still feel this would be the ideal location, being halfway between Barrie and Bradford.

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ktunio's avatar
Mar 20, 2016 - 07:11

Innisfil currently has a population of 34,000. Majority of population is either in Alcona or Lefroy. Most of the residents commute to the south. Having a GO Station will definately increase transit ridership to Barrie GO line and provide connectivity to the local and surronding populations with the Regional Transit. The station is also consistent with Regional transporation polices of providing connectivity, consistent with Innisfil Official Plan studies/demand to have a GO station as well as County of Simcoe policies. Hence request to upgrade rating of the Ridership, Connectivity and policy alignment to Medium.

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Mike Richard's avatar
Mar 20, 2016 - 17:13

You would think a station would go where most of the ridership lives. That would be Alcona. Maybe close the Barrie South station and move it to Alcona. Or is Metrolinx just being used to advance the ambitions of some developers who bought land and would like to build and profit on the promise of a future station?

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9th Line's avatar
Mar 21, 2016 - 13:23

I think Innisfil needs two stops, one near Alcona (perhaps on the 9th) and the other further south on the fifth or sixth.

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 's avatar
Mar 21, 2016 - 14:08

YESSSSSS!!!
Is the only answer...doesn't take any form of rocket scientist to understand GTA home prices and how population in North towns are growing. Innisfil like Bradford is growing immensely. It's time now before growth is rapid and costs for construction raise again and then it will be to late...Highway 400 is a mess, construction costs will rise due to wear and tear on highway as well...don't think to hard!
Build and they will come!!!
Come on MetroLinx, it's time for Ontario to worry about what's happening in the north and not in the east or west.
BUILD IT NOW!!

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 's avatar
Mar 21, 2016 - 14:08

YESSSSSS!!!
Is the only answer...doesn't take any form of rocket scientist to understand GTA home prices and how population in North towns are growing. Innisfil like Bradford is growing immensely. It's time now before growth is rapid and costs for construction raise again and then it will be to late...Highway 400 is a mess, construction costs will rise due to wear and tear on highway as well...don't think to hard!
Build and they will come!!!
Come on MetroLinx, it's time for Ontario to worry about what's happening in the north and not in the east or west.
BUILD IT NOW!!

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Dreaming of an Alcona Station
Mar 21, 2016 - 14:27

Talk of an Innisfil GO Train Station was a deciding factor for me to move from Bradford to Innisfil doubling my commute to work in Newmarket. I want to take the train! I want to get my car off the roads! I don't want to travel in the opposite direction north to the South Barrie station to do so. It's insane not to offer the current and future residents of Innisfil easy access to the train. And, while I'm on the topic.....why is there no regular weekend trains to Toronto? Specials events are not exclusive to the summer months! Yes, Metrolinx, there are lots of potential commuters who live beyond the boundaries of the GTA!

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Steve's avatar
Mar 21, 2016 - 16:30

please add a station its why we moved here and would better serve the community as it continues to expand. i like the sixth line location

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Innisfil commuter
Mar 22, 2016 - 09:32

As a long time GO Train rider first on the Georgetown Line and now the Barrie Line, one of the reasons we relocated in Innisfil was the future projection of a Station being built in Innisfil. The community is growing by leaps and bounds and was designated as Growth Node by the Provincial government. Either 5th or 6th line works, and beats having to travel to Bradford or Barrie South. Would love to see a station built in Innisfil. We need to make this happen, and Metrolinx has my full support.

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Adam's avatar
Mar 22, 2016 - 11:28

I believe the majority of Innisfils population will be from the 9 th line south side all the way down to the 6 th line North side ...

Webster Boulevard and 20 th side road appear to be good North south corridors ...

The closest to the exiting train tracks with good roads , good land , ( no major bridge upgrades ) would be the south side on the 7 th line ...

It would be also close to the Lefroy development

Adam Parent ( Innisfil Resident )

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Brownie's avatar
Mar 22, 2016 - 11:29

I believe the distance between Barrie South station and Bradford station is way to far apart. The residents of Innisfil, deserve an alterative station to commute from. As of now us residents much choose between driving further north to Barrie south, or driving south for a good distance to Bradford. With all the development happening in the area I believe ridership will only increase. Anywhere between Innisfil and Lefroy would be the logical location. Building this station before the boom would be a brite feather in Metrolinx cap. Hope the talking doesn't drag on to much longer?

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Cata's avatar
Mar 22, 2016 - 20:18

We need this station urgently. The commute time to Toronto is too much. We go north to be able to take the train (South Barrie Station), makes no sense to go north if you need to go south. We need a Go Train station in Innisfil with Go buses connection and parking area. I would prefer the new Go Train Station on the 6th line.

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Chris's avatar
Mar 22, 2016 - 22:46

I would agree with the criteria... Just hope the correct answer is found: A new station! Area is growing and many already travel north to go south on the train. I could care less if it is on the 5th, 6th or 7th line. Just that the construction of one kicks off :)

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Chris's avatar
Mar 22, 2016 - 22:46

I would agree with the criteria... Just hope the correct answer is found: A new station! Area is growing and many already travel north to go south on the train. I could care less if it is on the 5th, 6th or 7th line. Just that the construction of one kicks off :)

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mjs.1987's avatar
Mar 24, 2016 - 11:18

as a resident of Innisfil I feel choosing Lefroy area as the site of the train station isnt feesable enough but if theres a small station in Alcona and a bus stop going to and from the differant areas in innisfil and a connection to the South Barrie Go station then I believe its more fluid and flexable as opposed to just plunking a station in an area that sees less traffic

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Brownie's avatar
Mar 24, 2016 - 12:02

Really. They have been researching this idea for over five years. How about council start earning their pay by making a decision ?

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Will's avatar
Mar 24, 2016 - 11:51

I'm posting these comments in Innisfil because interest seems to be ramping up for this station, but this can pretty much apply to any stop anywhere outside Toronto.

This station and any other should have bus lines and SAFE bicycle lanes connecting to it. Depending solely on cars to get you to the stop is ridiculous, unsustainable and almost pointless if we should all aim to be a single car household. I get that cars aren't going anywhere, especially in the exurbs, but decent bus lines connecting to the stations will help make this a real alternative to driving. I don't want to pay for a 2nd car if I don't need to and Bike lanes are cheap, and they contribute positively to the tax burden.

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Karl's avatar
Mar 24, 2016 - 20:12

Is Metrolinx aware that 6th line in Innisfil is planned as a 4 lane access road to 400!
If the Station is located at the 5th line, it would be necessary to widen the 20th line. Currently the largest clientele would come from Alcona between 7th and 8th Line (Innisfil Beach Road). Locating the Station closer to the north of the 5th line with access to the 6th line would improve traffic congestion at the station. But, what ever you are planning, get it done.

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Mike's avatar
Mar 25, 2016 - 06:07

I don't care where, as long as it's in Innisfil. It would greatly improve my wife's work commute. A happy wife, is a happy life. Don't ruin my life, build a metro station please!

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Mike's avatar
Mar 25, 2016 - 06:07

I don't care where, as long as it's in Innisfil. It would greatly improve my wife's work commute. A happy wife, is a happy life. Don't ruin my life, build a metro station please!

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ErinR's avatar
Mar 25, 2016 - 06:10

I commute to Union, and the drive each way to Bradford adds a lot of extra time. The distance between Barrie and Bradford is too far! The Barrie line also needs a second rail to address all day service & Northbound daily service.

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anonymous
Mar 26, 2016 - 09:07

I have lived in Innisfil since 1988. I used to drive to Bradford just to get the train. If I want to use the bus, I'm better off driving to Newmarket to get the bus. It's almost as if we don't have a train here at all. There was a charette with a developer about 10 years ago with a design for a housing development with a train stop on the 5th line.
I feel like I am living in the town that the world has forgotten. Many years ago a neighbour told us how she used to get the train from Lefroy to Toronto to work. It was not a Go Train.
There was a train in Lefroy before, why not another stop in Lefroy/Belle Ewart?

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Jason Skebo's avatar
Mar 27, 2016 - 12:26

Yes please this would be so great for so many people I know in the area of Innisfil, Alcona, Lefroy, Belle Ewart that could commute into Newmarket & Toronto for daily work, shopping and social events, seems like lots of development going on and lots more to continue, Lefroy would be great the tracks are right here in the center of town.

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GhostRider's avatar
Mar 27, 2016 - 12:54

Innisfil desperately needs a GO stop. With all the new development going in traffic is becoming a nightmare. A GO stop will encourage public transit to those who drive, and continue to support those like me, who take public transit daily to work.

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jessicadesign
Mar 27, 2016 - 18:12

I will be moving to Innisfil this summer in a new development and I work in Toronto. Having a go train is not only better for commuters in regards to ease of travel but it is better for the environment.

Innisfil is growing. With new developments like the one I am moving to Innisfil needs a good transit infrastructure for the increasing population and hopefully will one day have increased transit options such as buses.

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jessicadesign
Mar 27, 2016 - 18:12

I will be moving to Innisfil this summer in a new development and I work in Toronto. Having a go train is not only better for commuters in regards to ease of travel but it is better for the environment.

Innisfil is growing. With new developments like the one I am moving to Innisfil needs a good transit infrastructure for the increasing population and hopefully will one day have increased transit options such as buses.

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Stan Daurio
Mar 31, 2016 - 16:42

Site should be on the relocated 20 Sideroad north of Innisfil Beach Rd; land needs to be acquired there for the new 20 Sideroad right of way; more can be acquired to accommodate a station and Innisfil transit hub with food and beverage conveniences. Access would be from Innisfil Beach Rd - the busiest road in Innisfil, and within the defined Alcona growth area. A station here would be served by local public transit serving Stroud, Alcona and Sandy Cove, and shuttles serving Lefroy, Friday Harbour etc. Many developers would likely support such a location.

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dzav's avatar
Mar 31, 2016 - 21:16

Innisfil is beautiful and growing. The new expanding areas are in Lefroy, Churchill and Alcona. The Barrie and Bradford stations are too far to get to. I'd rather just stay in the car and continue down to Toronto. My first choice would be Lefroy. But Alcona would do also. I would definitely use the GO when the station is in. Can't wait, it will take a great deal of stress off my shoulders. Especially in the winter.
INNISFIL NEEDS A STATION.

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edski's avatar
Apr 1, 2016 - 15:42

A study was already done. Lefroy was the logical choice. Midway between Bradford and Barrie (or do you want multiple stops like Newmarket). More stops means longer trips.
Yes, Alcona has a large population.......for now, but south Innisfil is set for a housing boom, so the whole region will need the stop.....where it should be. Lefroy.

I do think we need express trains on the Barrie line though (express to King City then all stops to Barrie).

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mjs.1987's avatar
Apr 1, 2016 - 16:12

this plan needs a few adjustments while I strongly support the idea of a station in Innisfil I think it all goes down to the center.Alcona sees alot more of the population and has indeed become the most centered area by far for commuters so heres a thought. place a rail station on the most commuted area of alcona particularly the IBR corridor and create a grid where buses can take people to areas such as Lefroy and Cookstown to transfer if needed to the main route.Lefroy being the central terminal simply is not practical BUT a bus grid that transfers commuters to and from areas is more easier

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classicsman
Apr 2, 2016 - 16:14

I agree with another writer that the key to having good usage of the system is to place the stations where people will get the most use. The ideal location would be at Innisfil Beach road and 20th sideroad behind the Canadian Tire store. You would get not only people coming to use the local stores but in the summer especially people wanting to go to the beach coming up from Toronto. From this central point buses could service the local residential areas and the beach.

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ktunio's avatar
Apr 2, 2016 - 16:55

County of Simcoe has planned for realignment of SR 20 north of Innisfil Beach Road. So place the station between No frills n tracks. The land cost will be zero and the station will be close to major settlement area.

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Lynn Dollin's avatar
Apr 5, 2016 - 14:18

The distance between the Barrie South and Bradford stations spans the geography of two large municipalities. I believe an Innisfil station would include ridership. I would use it much more often if I could board in Innisfil.

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