Ontario’s interregional transit system, GO Transit, has completed the replacement of more than 100 switches throughout the Union Station Rail Corridor, in order to move trains more quickly and efficiently into and out of Union Station in Toronto.
The switches were installed over a period of six years, representing an C$87 million investment to improve the reliability of GO service.
“The replacement of switches at Union Station will help keep GO Trains running on time and support our government’s commitment to bring two-way, all-day GO Train service to commuters in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation. “Our public transit investments will help make transit a better choice for commuters, reducing gridlock and keeping our air clean.”
The Union Station Rail Corridor is 4.8 kilometers (about 3 miles) long, running from Strachan Avenue in the west to the Don River in the east and featuring 256 switches.
GO operates 189 train trips carrying 175,000 passengers daily, with at least 96 per cent of train ridership travelling through Union Station. GO ridership has grown by 25 per cent over the last five years, and is expected to double in the next 20 years.