Congestion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is becoming a
more serious problem as the region grows. The existing infrastructure is not
serving all of the people currently traveling in and out of the GTHA and
will not be able to support the projected future growth in the region. One
part of moving toward improving this situation is a greater coordination and
integration of all modes of transportation in the region.
Metrolinx supports a mission to champion and deliver mobility solutions for
the GTHA through its operating divisions and transit initiative
GO Transit is an operating division of Metrolinx. GO Transit is
Canada’s first, and the Province of Ontario’s only, interregional public
transportation service for the GTHA.
On May 14, 2009, GO Transit officially merged with Metrolinx.
The merger maximizes the two organizations’ strategy and planning
expertise and implementation and operations know-how to build rapid
transit projects faster and improve customer service.
More information on GO Transit expansion projects, including the
Georgetown South expansion, West Toronto Diamond and GO Transit
Environmental Assessments and studies.
Georgetown South fact sheet
Union Station Revitalization
Union Station, Canada’s busiest transportation hub, is being transformed. When complete, it will have triple the interior space, a new PATH connection, and a second subway platform to provide better passenger circulation and room for further ridership growth, as well as a new glass train shed.
Union Station train shed fact sheet
Union Pearson Express
The Union Pearson Express will provide a high-quality, express rail service
connecting Union Station in downtown Toronto with Terminal 1 at Toronto
Pearson International Airport.
The Government of Ontario asked Metrolinx to build, own and operate
the Union Pearson Express in July 2010, and since then, considerable progress
has been made to ensure the project is delivered on time and on budget,
while leveraging existing infrastructure improvement initiatives.
Infrastructure improvements currently underway along GO Transit’s
Kitchener line (formerly the Georgetown line), and upgrades being
undertaken at Union and Bloor stations will support both GO Transit and
the Union Pearson Express. In the spring of 2012, construction began on
a new three-kilometre rail spur which will branch off from the Kitchener
corridor near Highway 427 and connect the Union Pearson Express to a new
passenger station at Toronto Pearson Terminal 1.
The Union Pearson Express is part of an integrated transit strategy for the
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area that will create jobs, enhance the
quality of life by easing traffic congestion and fuel economic
prosperity. The Union Pearson Express will address a significant transportation gap in
airport-to-downtown travel in Toronto, and is a critical first step in
executing other vital projects outlined in
The Big Move
– Metrolinx’s forward-looking, regional transportation expansion plan.
Each year, more than five million cars travel between downtown and the
airport and that number is expected to reach nine million by 2020. The
Union Pearson Express is expected to remove 1.2 million car trips from the road
within the first year of operation.
Learn more about
Union Pearson Express or visit upexpress.com.
Union Pearson Express fact sheet
In May 2010, GO Transit began rolling out the new PRESTO fare card.
PRESTO allows commuters to travel between multiple transit systems in
the GTHA using a single card eliminating the need for exact change,
tickets or transfers to get on a bus, GO Train or subway.
In March 2011, as part of the new Toronto Transit Plan, the City of
Toronto and TTC have agreed to work together with Metrolinx on mutually
agreeable terms to implement PRESTO across the TTC system as well.
For more information, visit
PRESTO, or the GO Transit PRESTO
Toronto Light Rail Transit Projects
The Government of Ontario is moving forward on its commitment to deliver the largest rapid transit expansion in the history of Toronto.
Rapid transit – running above and below ground and connecting Toronto with comfortable, convenient, reliable and fast service – will keep our economy strong, ease congestion, as well as provide an easy connection to subways, buses and GO Transit.
The Toronto rapid transit projects are part of The Big Move. The Big Move is a 25-year, $50 billion plan that will transform regional transportation across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region.
The Government of Ontario has committed $8.4 billion in support of new transit for Toronto.
- The Eglinton Crosstown LRT will add 19 kilometres of new transit from Mount Dennis (Weston Road) to Kennedy Station. See the Eglinton Crosstown fact sheet and website.
- The Sheppard East LRT will add 13 kilometres of new transit along Sheppard Avenue from Don Mills subway station to east of Morningside Avenue. See the Sheppard East LRT
- The Finch West LRT will add 11 kilometres of new transit along Finch Avenue from the planned Finch West subway station at Keele Street to Humber College. See the Finch West LRT
- A $1.48 billion investment to replace the current Scarborough RT.
More information about the Toronto Light Rail Transit Projects
Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension
The six-station underground subway extension from Downsview Station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre replaces the shuttle bus connection from Downsview Station to York University that carries a daily average of 20,200 riders. It will be the first subway line to cross a municipal boundary in the region and will support significant new development. This project will be in service in late 2016. Learn more at ttc.ca.
Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension fact sheet
York Viva Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
In partnership with The Regional Municipality of York, Metrolinx is
improving rapid transit through the construction of dedicated lanes in
the centre of the road – rapidways – that will allow rapid transit buses
to move out of congested traffic. The more than 34 kilometres of planned
routes will provide more reliable and more frequent service, connections
with GO Transit, regional transit and future extensions of the subway
In December 2009, construction began with the first segment along
Highway 7 from Markham Centre to Richmond Hill Centre. The first BRT
– Warden Station – opened at Warden Avenue and Enterprise Boulevard in
Markham in March 2011. Warden Station is the first of 11 new
vivastations to be built along Highway 7 in Markham and Richmond Hill in
the next phase of Viva service.
More information about the Metrolinx and York Viva partnership
More information and construction updates on the York Viva BRT
York Viva BRT fact sheet
In partnership with the City of Mississauga, GO Transit is building
new, exclusive bus lanes on roads in Mississauga along Hwy. 403.
The Transitway project will be a high-efficiency transit
corridor running east-west across Mississauga. The Transitway will support
all-station stop and extensive express bus service for thousands of
riders per day, making it faster and easier for you to travel to, from
and through Mississauga and the GTHA.
In August 2010, construction began on the 18-kilometre east-west busway
across Mississauga between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Renforth
Drive. A total of 12 stations will be built along the route, with one
existing station being incorporated into the busway.
about the Mississauga Transitway
Mississauga Transitway fact sheet
Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit (LRT)
A signature project under the Moving Ontario Forward Plan, The
Hurontario-Main LRT is funded with a $1.6B commitment from the Province
of Ontario, announced by the Minister of Transportation on April 21,
Led by Metrolinx, the Hurontario-Main LRT will bring 23 kilometres of
rapid transit to Mississauga and Brampton. The service will move more
people, faster through these corridors than the existing bus service.
The line will include 26 stops, and provide a crucial link between many
of the region’s existing transit lines, including GO Transit’s
Kitchener, Milton and Lakeshore West rail lines, Mississauga MiWay,
Brampton Züm, and the Mississauga Transitway BRT.
More information about the
Looking for information about Light Rail Transit technology? Check
out our LRT infographic.