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Whitchurch-Stouffville Town Council Presentation, May 16, 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 Whitchurch-Stouffville

Over the next 25 years, the York Region population is expected grow by 68 per cent.  Metrolinx is building in and around Whitchurch-Stouffville 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 Stouffville GO line, Metrolinx is working to create more connections to the entire GO network with faster, more frequent local service that extends beyond the peak service currently available. All of the work being done along the Stouffville corridor will bring all day, evening and weekend service to residents of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

To make this happen, we're adding a sceond track from Union to Unionville and making enhancements at Unionville, Milliken and Agincourt GO Stations. We've also proposed a grade separation at Steeles Avenue East to support increased service along the line, and over time we'll be introducing electrification infrastructure to enable new trains that will cut journey times by up to 20 per cent.

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

  • Construction is already underway to add a second track to a five-kilometer subsection of the corridor between Milliken and Agincourt GO Stations.
  • We're in the design phase to expand an additional 12-kilometers of track that will enable increased service along the entire Stouffville corridor.
  • Expansions to Unionville and Milliken GO Stations are in the design phased and planned to begin later this year.

Learn more

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