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Town of Innisfil Council Presentation, June 7, 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 Innisfil

Metrolinx is working to create more connections to the entire GO Network with faster, more frequent local service on the Barrie GO line.  The planned work will bring all day, evening and weekend service to Innisfil residents.

To make this happen, we’re

  • building a new station in Innisfil,
  • constructing a new layover facility in Barrie so trains can be stored overnight to begin service bright and early in the morning, and
  • making modifications to Barrie’s two existing stations, including 139 net-new parking spots at the Barrie South GO Station.

We’re also adding more track between Union and Aurora Stations to facilitate increased service along the entire line.  Over time we’ll be introducing electrification infrastructure to enable new trains that will cut journey times by up to 20 per cent.

Timing

  • Construction is currently underway on projects along the entire Barrie GO line.
  • In Barrie, construction of the Barrie GO train layover facility, which will allow trains to be stored overnight before being put into service for rush hour in the early morning, has started and is expected to be complete in spring 2018.
  • We’re in the design phase right now on the parking lot planned at Barrie South Station, with construction expected to start in spring 2018.
  • The site for Innisfil GO Station – 6th Line just east of 20th Sideroad – has been selected, and we’re in the early planning phase for the project. We’ll continue working with Town Staff to move the project through to design, procurement, and then construction. 

Learn more

To learn more about planned projects, download and read these two documents prepared for the Innisfil 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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