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Kitchener Corridor TPAP

Metrolinx is focused on bringing better GO services, faster, to our customers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We’ve heard from our riders that they want more transit options across the network, so we are committed to bringing two-way all-day service to the Kitchener corridor. Significant steps are already underway to make the changes needed to accommodate better, increased service on the corridor. One of those steps includes the start of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) to electrify 54 kilometres of the rail corridor between Georgetown and Kitchener – known as the Guelph Subdivision. A TPAP is an environmental assessment that studies the environmental impacts or effects of new transit infrastructure and provides proposed mitigation. This streamlined approach clearly outlines the impacts and allows for feedback through regular consultation from communities and stakeholders.

We want to acknowledge that the rail corridor between Georgetown and Kitchener operates on the traditional territory of many Nations. The Haudenosaunee, the Anishinabeg, and the Wendat peoples have been caretakers of this land since time immemorial. In particular we recognize the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We know we have a responsibility to work with the original keepers of this territory where our trains operate every day. 

 

Project Overview

Key components of the proposed new infrastructure for electrification include:

  • Hydro One Tap Location
  • Track Power Facilities
    • Paralleling Station
    • Switching Station
    • Traction Power Substation
  • Overhead Contact System


Project Status

Graphic displaying the activities to be completed at various stages of the project's lifecycle. During the Pre-TPAP Consultation phase in 2019, tasks include: Prepare background studies, conceptual designs and impact assessments; Consult with the public, stakeholders and Indigenous communities; Conduct Public Open Houses “Round 1”; Document findings and prepare draft Environmental Project Report (EPR) which includes: Description of the transit project and proposed new infrastructure, Assessment and evaluation of impacts, and Proposed measures to mitigate impacts. During the Pre-TPAP Consultation and Notice of Commencement phase in 2020, during July (which is where we are now) Metrolinx will be conducting a Virtual Open House "Round 2". During the Winter of 2020 Metrolinx will provide the notice of commencement. During the 'TPAP Consultation and beyond' phase in 2021 and thereafter, tasks in the Winter of 2021 include: Conduct Public Meeting Round 3; Consult with public, stakeholders and Indigenous communities; Document findings in EPR (up to 120 Days). Tasks in the Spring of 2021 include Notice of Completion; Public and stakeholder review of EPR (30 days); Minister’s review of EPR and notice to proceed; Statement of Completion; Development of detailed design and development.