GO Rail Network Electrification
How do we take a rush hour commuter service to the next level? It’s about more than just the number of trips. Using electric trains on the Barrie, Lakeshore, Stouffville, and Kitchener lines will allow faster trains to transport you and will offer all-day trips, going two ways, as quickly as every 15 minutes. Milton and Richmond Hill lines will also offer you up to 30 per cent more service.
Metrolinx is committed to finding the most sustainable solution for electrifying the GO rail network. That's why, in addition to studying the environmental impacts of traditional electrification, Metrolinx has studied the feasibility of another form of electrification - hydrogen powered vehicles.
Both options have been studied as part of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the GO Expansion program, currently in the procurement phase. The GO Expansion program is a single innovative, fully integrated contract to run more and better service.
The successful proponent team will be responsible for selecting and delivering the right trains and infrastructure to unlock the benefits of GO Expansion. The contract is in a multi-year procurement process, and currently teams are completing the bids that will close in 2021. Construction will get underway in 2022/3.
Benefits to Community
Everyone in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, from east to west, north to south, will benefit from this expansion of GO service.
As part of the Regional Transportation Plan, Metrolinx is committed to running faster, more frequent GO service to keep GHTA residents moving on public transit. This includes offering all-day service every 15-minutes service in both directions on sections of the rail network owned by GO Transit.
Electrifying GO rail corridors is a multi-year project and we are committed to working with residents across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area throughout the process.