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Richmond Hill Town Council Presentation, May 15, 2017

Metrolinx: Building the transportation network we need for the future

Metrolinx is moving.  We are 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 Richmond Hill

Over the next 25 years, the York Region population is expected grow by 68 per cent.  Metrolinx is building in and around Richmond Hill to provide residents with more connections and better service that meets the demands of the growing population, regardless of how you choose to get around.

Along the Richmond Hill, Barrie and Stouffville GO lines, Metrolinx is working to create more connections to the entire GO network with faster, more frequent local service and more flexibile transit options. To make this happen, we're introducing two new stations to the Richmond Hill line, including Gormley GO Station, which opened in December 2016, and the new GO station at Bloomington Road, which is currently under construction. We're also building to improve service on the Barrie and Stouffbille corridors, including adding a second track to allow for more frequent trains and station upgrades for a better customer experience. Over time, we'll be introducing electrification infrastructure to enable new trains that will cut journey times by up to 20 per cent on these two corridors.

Much of this work is already underway.  Local projects include:

  • Work is already complete on Gormley GO Station, which opened in December 2016.
  • The new GO station at Bloomington Road is currently under construction, with completion expected in 2019.
  • Work is also underway on projects on the Barrie and Stouffville corridors.

Learn more

To learn more about projects planned in and near Richmond Hill, download and read these two documents prepared for the Richmond Hill Town 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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