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Overview: New Stations and Station Access

Reporting back

Public input was accepted from February 16 to April 8, 2016. We will integrate comments into our recommendations to the Board. Thank you for your interest and participation.

Planning for new stations

We’re embarking on a major expansion of the GO rail system to provide more frequent, electric, uninterrupted service. Recent investments in the transit network in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area provide an opportunity to consider new stations beyond the 64 currently in operation and six already planned. In support of this work, we have developed a methodology and are completing an analysis of potential new station locations.

Now, we are seeking your input on how to choose the locations of those new stations. 

Deciding where new stations should be located

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?

Based on a number of assessment criteria, Metrolinx has identified just under 50 possible locations for new stations.

Improving access to existing stations

We’re also looking at how we can improve access to our existing stations to better serve our customers.

Learn more

To help you in your consideration of each station, you can review the following resources:

Station Access: Learn more about what we consider and offer your input.

New Stations Analysis: Learn more about how we select new station sites and offer your input. 

Download the regional consultation display board on New Stations and Station Access as a PDF

Download the Station Map Boards as a PDF

Tell us what you think.

As we approach the next step towards producing a short list of locations that will undergo a business case analysis, your comments on all of these potential sites are invited. Your views will help ensure that we have not overlooked any site-specific considerations, and will help inform the analysis as we move forward.

Click on any station name in the list below or on the interactive map and tell us what you think.

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Monty's avatar
Mar 3, 2016 - 13:19

We don't need more GO stations on the Kitchener Line between Brampton and Union. I'm paying extra (as opposed to city transit or driving) to use an express route. Don't need to slow trips down with more stops. We do need East-West subway along Queen or King area.

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mdrejhon's avatar
Mar 3, 2016 - 13:28

Monty, as another resident who commutes daily on GO, but I've been studying: It won't slow things down:

.... (1) There will be frequent express trains that bypasses these stations. Thats why RER = "Regional EXPRESS Rail". Read it again: "EXPRESS". That's part of why the Georgetown Corridor Project did -- to put so much more track capacity.

.... (2) Electrification will provide faster-accelerating trains, that eliminate stopping delays. So the slowest allstop trains will still be equal or faster than today's GO train. Documents say 15%-20% faster GO trips.

Google "GO RER EMU"

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Alan's avatar
Mar 4, 2016 - 11:17

Based on the information Metrolinx presented about SmartTrack, express trains are only 1 of the 4 options that are being considered. They're certainly not guaranteed. I think adding express trains are the only acceptable option though. I really hope that Metrolinx keeps the "EXPRESS" in RER on all GO lines. Otherwise the city of Toronto may use its muscle power to push ahead with SmartTrack and its frequent stops without caring about the longer distance commuters who don't live in Toronto.

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mdrejhon's avatar

Alan, do you realize that the non-express SmartTrack options don't affect the 12-car bilevel diesels? They are only electrifying to Bramalea, that's not even Brampton. There will still be express diesel GO trains even with non-express SmartTrack options, because of the need to service Brampton as well as Kitchener. So there's more than just "SmartTrack-enhanced electric GO trains" we're considering. Also, with UPX's recent merger into GO pricing, this may be an indication they plan to use the GO RER (SmartTrack) trains to also service Pearson too. They are shopping for EMU trains so what we might end up seeing is 6-coach bilevel EMUs (doubleberth at Union) as the "SmartTrack enhanced" GO RER trains. At 10 minute frequency who needs 12 coaches anyway (except at peak and capacity constrained routes like Milton and Kitchener long hauls)? If they sent the electric 6-coach bilevels on the Person spur (i.e. every other train to Bramalea, every other to Pearson) maybe they could just open the front 3 coaches at the Pearson UPX stops. Lengthen the Bloor/Weston platforms, do level subway-style boarding, perhaps? Metrolinx confirmed they are procuring EMUs for specific routes (locomotiveless trains -- every coach self propelled, subway-style). They will keep running the bilevels, but probably not on the "Bramalea-Stoufville" allstop infill station route. But the Kitchener/Brampton non-electric route will still exist along the same corridor! This isn't even mentioned in the SmartTrack proposals. Also, besides, it seems no longer politically feasible to electrify UPX without merging it into the overall electrification initiative (Bramalea-Unionville). So assuming UPX is rolled into RER -- this frees passing track capacity (for a bunch of expresses/allstops) -- one possible scenario you'd just have the option of waiting for one of those hourly (all-day 2-way) express diesel trains, or boarding a 10-minute allstop electric trains. It could go in practically any direction but I'm pretty darn certain you probably won't have a slower commute. They really expanded the Weston corridor and there's room to add one more track, plus they haven't added those planned tunnels under the 401 to double the track bandwidth through there, it's a whoppingly amazing increase in Kitchener corridor capacity. Even the Weston signalling allows 5-minute headways (0.62 mile railroad block signalling) although Union can't accomodate that. I really truly do not think there is a problem with Brampton/Kitchener express trains continuing to exist in the "SmartTrack-enhanced" electrified GO RER train era.

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Alan's avatar
Mar 4, 2016 - 16:03

Thanks for the information. It's actually the Stouffville line that I'm personally concerned about. There are currently no extra tracks for express trains on a large portion of that line.

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Doray's avatar
Mar 12, 2016 - 23:51

IMO on the east side four more stations could be justified - Finch, Lawrence, Gerrard, Unilever. and parliament-cherry (but this can be on lakeshore as well)

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Will's avatar
Mar 4, 2016 - 14:55

Why such selfish comments? More stops along the Kitchener line, especially in locations such as the already approved Mount Dennis station, St Clair/The Junction, Queen West, Liberty Village and Spadina would benefit everyone including people commuting from Brampton. It would also alleviate some of the capacity issues at Union. Not everyone is headed to union and there is a lot going on in regards to work and entertainment at the aforementioned stops. I too, like mdrejhon, have studied this significantly, reading the Big Move in its entirety along with blogs and various other transit sources. Electrification will keep things moving swiftly and enable a service that should give access to everyone in the region. We're building a network, not a premium express service for people that encourage suburban sprawl.

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Misha's avatar
Mar 31, 2016 - 16:14

Thank you, 100% correct. They expect rails/bridge from Brampton to Union station to be built and expect Torontoians to host it, but no access because they want to get to work quicker. Very selfish indeed. Also, not everybody is going to Union, just because you work at King+Bay doesn't mean the rest of Brampton or Toronto does.

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Alan's avatar
Apr 1, 2016 - 09:01

It makes sense that people from Toronto will have different opinions than people from the suburbs on adding extra stations, so a balance is needed. More than half of GTA residents live outside Toronto. If you slow down the GO trains with too many extra stations, more people will choose to drive from the suburbs instead, clogging up Toronto roads even more. People not going to the major employment area near Union Station can transfer to the subway, or to a non-express train if that approach is used. It makes perfect sense to have a GO station at every location where the GO lines cross the subway and LRT lines, to have a functioning network.

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Prisciak's avatar
Mar 7, 2016 - 14:59

Just dreaming here but wouldn't it be nice if the Guildwood Go station was also a transfer point to the Eglinton Crosstown and a possible Kingston Road street car in its own ROW?

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Misha's avatar

Whether you click St Clair on Barrie or Kitchener, it only links to the Kitchener St Clair stop. Anybody at ML care to fix this?

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