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Metrolinx Expanding Barrie GO Line to Get Region Moving

TORONTO, March 10, 2015 – Metrolinx is building a second track on part of GO Transit’s Barrie corridor to bring better transit to the region.

Grading and signal improvements are already underway on a six-kilometre stretch of the line between the York University and Rutherford GO Stations, with track construction to follow. This work is part of a multi-year project that will improve existing service by enabling more train trips and the introduction of two-way service, supporting the Government of Ontario’s plan, under Moving Ontario Forward, to bring Regional Express Rail service to the GO network.

"We are expanding transit and infrastructure for now and for the future," said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. "These investments are part of a 10-year plan that will help to manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families."

"Improvements like these are helping us bring faster, more frequent, two-way service to our GO Train network — all critical pieces of our Regional Express Rail plan," said Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx. "This project will help us give our customers more transit choices that will save them time and make it easier to get where they want to go."

Planning and design work is also underway to bring more train trips and two-way service to the rest of the Barrie corridor.

This project is part of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with fast, convenient and integrated transit. Working through its divisions GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express, Metrolinx is transforming the way the region moves.