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Kitchener Corridor Expansion

We are focused on bringing better GO services, faster, to our customers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We’ve heard directly from our riders that they want more options across the network. Metrolinx is committed to bringing two-way all-day service to each step of the way on the Kitchener corridor.

In the past few years we have increased service by nearly 45% to Halton Hills, Guelph and Kitchener - including mid-day and late-night options. Although there is still more work to be done, COVID has changed how we think and behave. Despite the pandemic, work is still moving forward, and you may notice construction crews in your community working on the infrastructure required for more and better service. We know that we need to prepare for the future and be ready with new services. In doing so, we will continue to work, monitor and adapt as necessary.

Project Update

The Guelph Subdivision Electrification Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) was one of the projects we were working on to understand the requirements and potential impacts of electrifying 54 kilometers of track between Georgetown and Kitchener. We were on the ground engaging with stakeholders and communities sharing updates and looking for feedback on the project. Public consultation is the heart of the TPAP process and helps inform our work.

We heard from stakeholders, including Hydro One, and community members about the constraints and concerns surrounding the impacts of the proposed infrastructure required for electrification.

These sessions were invaluable to the process, and we learned from all involved the nuances of the work that is still to be done. We need to take more time to evaluate the future needs of electrification, while balancing the physical constraints of the Kitchener corridor as well as the wants and needs of the community.

Metrolinx will be collecting all study information and consultation feedback to date to keep on file for future reference prior to advancing further with the TPAP. Metrolinx highly values stakeholder and community feedback and commits to re-engaging all our stakeholders in a meaningful way on this project in the future.

We will continue to work towards two-way all-day service in the near term while we work to better understand electrification in the long term for the Kitchener corridor.

Heritage Road Layover Transit Project Assessment Process

To further support increased Kitchener service, Metrolinx is completing a separate Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for a new train layover facility within the Region of Peel, between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Heritage Road. 

The new train layover facility will provide overnight storage for trains. When the trains are stored, they are plugged into “wayside power”, allowing the train engines to be turned off, while the train maintains critical functions. During this time, crews perform tidy-up activities on the trains, getting them ready to return to service the following morning.

Metrolinx will be completing technical studies and engaging with our neighbours, municipal and regional partners, Indigenous Nations, and other interested persons to solicit feedback.

The Notice of Completion for the Environmental Background Report (EPR) was issued on August 19th. The 30-day public review of the Environmental Project Report was from August 19, 2022 to September 19, 2022. The report is now under a 35-day review by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks until November 9, 2022.