Metrolinx sets out what future of GO service is going to look like - Burlington scheduled to get a layover area for equipment.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 2, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Metrolinx is planning to transform and modernize its rail system with the implementation of the GO Rail Expansion Program – an investment program intended to provide:

More all-day service.
Service in both directions.
Trains every 15 minutes.
Faster and more efficient trains.
More accessible stations, and
An expanded Union Station.

At a well attended public meeting that was held inside the Burlington GO station the audience was told how: “This transformation will bring fundamental changes to GO Transit’s seven operating rail corridors. It will result in the implementation of over 205 km of new track and 680 km of electrified track that will be laid to allow for the more frequent and efficient movement of trains.

“Metrolinx has identified infrastructure requirements (i.e. new tracks, rail facilities, bridge modifications, crossing improvements).

“The organization is completing Environmental Assessments for these items. These EAs, together with their procurement, are called the OnCorridor (OnCorr) Program.

“Specifically, along the Lakeshore West Corridor, Metrolinx is proposing:

New tracks and track upgrades
A new layover facility (in the vicinity of the Burlington GO Station).”

When will all this happen?  Not this year.

The biggest immediate concern is what will the new lay-over yard north of Fairview and west of Brant have on the city?

GO Burlington yard

Those yellow lines represent tracks that trains will sit and wait until they are needed for early morning shifts into to Toronto.

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