A train moves across a bridge.

Upgrades help safely bring more capacity along the Kitchener GO Line

Including recently completed bridge and structure improvements in Guelph.

Mar 15, 2023

Since taking ownership of the track between Georgetown and Kitchener in 2018, Metrolinx has been completing essential upgrades, which will transform the Kitchener GO Line into a two-way, all day rapid transit line will deliver increased service and connections from Union Station to Kitchener, as part of the GO Expansion program.

Part of these improvements included infrastructure upgrades which will allow for more frequent and convenient train service that runs outside rush hour.

Now that this work is complete, a second track can be replaced between Wellington Street and Silvercreek Parkway.

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Detailed inspection determined some components of the Wilson Street bridge (circa 1902) required complete replacement. (Narges Hameidi Photo)

Improvements safely support higher speeds

To further support GO Expansion in Guelph, work began in spring 2022 on the rehabilitation of the retaining wall between Dublin Street and Wyndham Street.

The retaining wall improvements were designed to ensure the large trees in Waterloo Avenue Park were unaffected.

To accommodate two-way, all-day GO Train service, improvements were also made to the Norfolk Street bridge and the Wilson Street bridge has been fully replaced.

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The completed and upgraded Wilson Street bridge. (André Riley photo)

Freight speed limits to increase in Guelph on April 3

Following increased safety measures including the testing of signal improvements that result in the crossing arms, lights, and sounds responding to approaching trains much sooner, passenger train speed limits through the City of Guelph were increased to 72kph.

With the bridge and structure work now completed, the rail corridor can now safely support freight trains moving more quickly through the area, reducing trip times. On April 3, the speed limit for freight trains will be increased through the area to 48 kph.

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In Feb. 2022, construction crews started rehabilitating the retaining wall in Waterloo Avenue Park. (Narges Hameidi photo)

Actual train speeds will continue to be dictated by operational needs, such as track alignment or travelling though construction zones and may be lower than the posted speed at times.

Rail safety is a shared responsibility. Everyone has a role to play. For Metrolinx, safety is central to everything the transit agency does. From customers to communities and transit staff – safety matters most.

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The completed retaining wall. (André Riley photo)

Stay in the know

Metrolinx is working to deliver more rail service to communities along the Kitchener Line as these important upgrades are made.

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To reach the community engagement team, contact GuelphWellington@metrolinx.com

by Erin Duffy Metrolinx community engagement advisor