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Kitchener Electrification:

TPAP for Guelph Subdivision

Project Update: January 21, 2021

Metrolinx has ruled out Margaret Greene Park in the City of Guelph as a potential site for the traction power substation required for electrification. We have spent the last few months exploring every possible alternative site where this infrastructure could go and, unfortunately, we have been unable to identify a suitable site that meets our technical requirements with minimal impacts to communities.

In the future, when electrification is being implemented on this corridor, the community feedback received to date will be used to inform the design and impact assessment of electrification. For more information visit Metrolinx News.

Kitchener GO Expansion: Program Overview

Kitchener GO expansion will transform the line into a true frequent rapid transit experience. There will be more trips at every point along the line – from Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Halton Hills, Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto.

Two-way all-day service to Kitchener requires a host of new infrastructure between Kitchener GO and Bramalea GO. Significant steps are underway to make the changes needed so the corridor can accommodate two-way all-day service. This includes exploring options for electrifying the route and potentially adding a new GO fleet to carry riders, plus new signals, communications systems and bridges and tunnels.

To implement corridor improvements along approximately 54 kms of rail between Kitchener and Halton Hills, Metrolinx is working with local communities to understand existing conditions, potential effects of the infrastructure needed to support electrification, and how to best mitigate these effects. Public input, along with technical studies, will be captured in the Environmental Project Report and will be considered as part of the Kitchener Corridor Expansion: Guelph Subdivision Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) under Ontario Regulation 231/08 - Transit Projects and Metrolinx Undertakings.