GO Transit rail services

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A locomotive, coach and cab car currently used by GO Transit.
Previous locomotives and coaches used by GO Transit.

GO Transit rail services are provided throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and the Greater Golden Horseshoe.[1]

GO Transit started on May 23, 1967 running single-deck trains powered by diesel locomotives in push-pull configuration on a single rail line along Lake Ontario's shoreline.[2][3] The GO Transit rail fleet consists of 75 MPI MP40 locomotives and 678 Bombardier BiLevel Coaches.[4]

When GO trains began operation, they ran on tracks mostly owned the two major freight railways of Canada: Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). Over time, GO Transit (and subsequently Metrolinx) have acquired tracks, ensuring GO Transit has control over track maintenance and expansion. Metrolinx currently owns 80% of the GO's rail corridors.[5]

All GO Transit fares are calculated by the fare zones that the origin and destination of the trip are in, as well as by passenger category (adult, student, senior or child). GO train fares are not differentiated based whether or not buses are used for part of the trip.[4][6]

Lines and stations[edit]

Corridor Station Location Coordinates Platforms Parking Fare Zone Notes
  All Union[7] 65 Front Street, Toronto 43°38′44″N 79°22′46″W / 43.6456°N 79.3795°W / 43.6456; -79.3795 17 0 2
  Lakeshore West Exhibition[8] 100 Manitoba Drive, Toronto 43°38′09″N 79°25′09″W / 43.6359°N 79.4192°W / 43.6359; -79.4192 2 0 2
Mimico[9] 315 Royal York Road, Toronto 43°36′59″N 79°29′50″W / 43.6164°N 79.4972°W / 43.6164; -79.4972 4 330 3
Long Branch[10] 20 Brow Drive, Toronto 43°35′31″N 79°32′44″W / 43.5919°N 79.5456°W / 43.5919; -79.5456 3 49 3
Port Credit[11] 30 Queen Street East, Mississauga 43°33′20″N 79°35′15″W / 43.5556°N 79.5875°W / 43.5556; -79.5875 3 946 11
Clarkson[12] 1110 Southdown Road, Mississauga 43°30′46″N 79°38′02″W / 43.5129°N 79.6340°W / 43.5129; -79.6340 3 3199 12
Oakville[13] 214 Cross Avenue, Oakville 43°27′17″N 79°40′58″W / 43.4546°N 79.6828°W / 43.4546; -79.6828 4 4334 13
Bronte[14] 2104 Wyecroft Road, Oakville 43°25′02″N 79°43′19″W / 43.4171°N 79.7219°W / 43.4171; -79.7219 3 2764 14
Appleby[15] 5111 Fairview Street, Burlington 43°22′45″N 79°45′40″W / 43.3791°N 79.7612°W / 43.3791; -79.7612 3 2964 15
Burlington[16] 2101 Fairview Street, Burlington 43°20′29″N 79°48′33″W / 43.3413°N 79.8091°W / 43.3413; -79.8091 3 2105 16
Aldershot[17] 1199 Waterdown Road, Burlington 43°18′46″N 79°51′19″W / 43.3129°N 79.8552°W / 43.3129; -79.8552 4 1689 17
Hamilton[18] 36 Hunter Street East, Hamilton 43°15′11″N 79°52′09″W / 43.2530°N 79.8691°W / 43.2530; -79.8691 2 0 18
West Harbour[19] 353 James Street North, Hamilton 43°15′56″N 79°51′55″W / 43.2656°N 79.8652°W / 43.2656; -79.8652 2 0 18
Confederation future station
Grimsby future station
St. Catharines[20] 5 Great Western Street, St. Catharines 43°08′52″N 79°15′20″W / 43.1478°N 79.2556°W / 43.1478; -79.2556 1 83 Limited excursion train service
Niagara Falls[21] 4267 Bridge Street, Niagara Falls 43°06′32″N 79°03′49″W / 43.1088°N 79.0636°W / 43.1088; -79.0636 1 84 Limited excursion train service
    Lakeshore East
Stouffville
Danforth[22] 213 Main Street, Toronto 43°41′12″N 79°17′58″W / 43.6866°N 79.2994°W / 43.6866; -79.2994 3 0 6
Scarborough[23] 3615 St Clair Avenue East, Toronto 43°43′01″N 79°15′18″W / 43.7169°N 79.2550°W / 43.7169; -79.2550 3 626 6
  Lakeshore East Eglinton[24] 2995 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto 43°44′22″N 79°13′56″W / 43.7394°N 79.2322°W / 43.7394; -79.2322 2 836 6
Guildwood[25] 4105 Kingston Road, Toronto 43°45′18″N 79°11′53″W / 43.7550°N 79.1980°W / 43.7550; -79.1980 3 1437 8
Rouge Hill[26] 6251 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto 43°46′49″N 79°07′49″W / 43.7802°N 79.1302°W / 43.7802; -79.1302 2 1407 9
Pickering[27] 1322 Bayly Street, Pickering 43°49′52″N 79°05′09″W / 43.8311°N 79.0857°W / 43.8311; -79.0857 3 3589 91
Ajax[28] 100 Westney Road South, Ajax 43°50′54″N 79°02′30″W / 43.8484°N 79.0416°W / 43.8484; -79.0416 2 1644 92
Whitby[29] 1350 Brock Street South, Whitby 43°51′53″N 78°56′17″W / 43.8648°N 78.9380°W / 43.8648; -78.9380 2 3930 93
Oshawa[30] 915 Bloor Street West, Oshawa 43°52′15″N 78°53′05″W / 43.8708°N 78.8847°W / 43.8708; -78.8847 2 2643 94
Thornton's Corners future station
Oshawa Central future station
Darlington future station
Bowmanville future station
  Milton Kipling[31] 27 St Albans Road, Toronto 43°38′09″N 79°32′14″W / 43.6357°N 79.5373°W / 43.6357; -79.5373 2 0 3
Dixie[32] 2445 Dixie Road, Mississauga 43°36′28″N 79°34′39″W / 43.6078°N 79.5774°W / 43.6078; -79.5774 1 936 11
Cooksville[33] 3210 Hurontario Street, Mississauga 43°35′00″N 79°37′26″W / 43.5832°N 79.6239°W / 43.5832; -79.6239 1 1675 11
Erindale[34] 1320 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga 43°34′08″N 79°40′08″W / 43.5690°N 79.6689°W / 43.5690; -79.6689 2 2201 12
Streetsville[35] 45 Thomas Street, Mississauga 43°34′34″N 79°42′31″W / 43.5761°N 79.7087°W / 43.5761; -79.7087 2 1540 21
Meadowvale[36] 6845 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga 43°35′52″N 79°45′15″W / 43.5978°N 79.7542°W / 43.5978; -79.7542 1 2010 22
Lisgar[37] 3250 Argentia Road, Mississauga 43°35′26″N 79°47′18″W / 43.5906°N 79.7883°W / 43.5906; -79.7883 1 792 23
Milton[38] 780 Main Street East, Milton 43°31′24″N 79°52′01″W / 43.5234°N 79.8670°W / 43.5234; -79.8670 1 1567 24
  Kitchener Bloor[39] 1456 Bloor Street West, Toronto 43°39′29″N 79°27′03″W / 43.6580°N 79.4509°W / 43.6580; -79.4509 3 0 1
Mount Dennis future station
Weston[40] 1865 Weston Road, Toronto 43°42′01″N 79°30′48″W / 43.7002°N 79.5132°W / 43.7002; -79.5132 3 295 4
Etobicoke North[41] 1949 Kipling Avenue, Toronto 43°42′23″N 79°33′45″W / 43.7063°N 79.5624°W / 43.7063; -79.5624 1 687 4
Malton[42] 3060 Derry Road East, Mississauga 43°42′18″N 79°38′18″W / 43.7050°N 79.6382°W / 43.7050; -79.6382 3 779 31
Bramalea[43] 1713 Steeles Avenue, Brampton 43°42′06″N 79°41′28″W / 43.7017°N 79.6911°W / 43.7017; -79.6911 3 2377 32
Brampton[44] 27 Church Street West, Brampton 43°41′12″N 79°45′53″W / 43.6868°N 79.7647°W / 43.6868; -79.7647 2 933 33
Mount Pleasant[45] 1600 Bovaird Drive West, Brampton 43°40′30″N 79°49′22″W / 43.6751°N 79.8227°W / 43.6751; -79.8227 3 1116 34
Georgetown[46] 55 Queen Street, Georgetown 43°39′20″N 79°55′07″W / 43.6556°N 79.9186°W / 43.6556; -79.9186 4 625 35
Acton[47] 39 Eastern Avenue, Acton 43°38′02″N 80°02′04″W / 43.6338°N 80.0345°W / 43.6338; -80.0345 1 45 37
Guelph[48] 79 Carden Street, Guelph 43°32′41″N 80°14′47″W / 43.5446°N 80.2464°W / 43.5446; -80.2464 1 12 39
Kitchener[49] 126 Weber Street West, Kitchener 43°27′20″N 80°29′36″W / 43.4556°N 80.4933°W / 43.4556; -80.4933 1 0 27
  Barrie Caledonia
Downsview Park'[50] 1212 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto 43°45′13″N 79°28′42″W / 43.7537°N 79.4784°W / 43.7537; -79.4784 2 future station to open in late 2017
York University[51] 595-A Canarctic Drive, Toronto 43°46′44″N 79°29′00″W / 43.7788°N 79.4834°W / 43.7788; -79.4834 1 0 19 To be replaced by Downsview Park
Rutherford[52] 699 Westburne Drive, Vaughan 43°50′18″N 79°29′54″W / 43.8384°N 79.4983°W / 43.8384; -79.4983 1 970 61
Maple[53] 30 Station Street, Vaughan 43°51′34″N 79°30′26″W / 43.8594°N 79.5071°W / 43.8594; -79.5071 1 1319 61
King City[54] 7 Station Road, King City 43°55′12″N 79°31′37″W / 43.9200°N 79.5270°W / 43.9200; -79.5270 1 555 62
Aurora[55] 121 Wellington Street East, Aurora 44°00′03″N 79°27′36″W / 44.0007°N 79.4599°W / 44.0007; -79.4599 1 1462 63
Newmarket[56] 465 Davis Drive, Newmarket 44°03′39″N 79°27′37″W / 44.0607°N 79.4604°W / 44.0607; -79.4604 1 265 64
East Gwillimbury[57] 845 Green Lane East, East Gwillimbury 44°04′40″N 79°27′19″W / 44.0778°N 79.4552°W / 44.0778; -79.4552 1 646 44
Bradford[58] 300 Holland Street East, Bradford 44°07′02″N 79°33′22″W / 44.1172°N 79.5562°W / 44.1172; -79.5562 2 359 65
Barrie South[59] 833 Yonge Street, Barrie 44°21′04″N 79°37′39″W / 44.3511°N 79.6275°W / 44.3511; -79.6275 1 619 68
Allandale Waterfront[60] 24 Essa Road, Barrie 44°22′29″N 79°41′19″W / 44.3747°N 79.6887°W / 44.3747; -79.6887 1 160 69
  Richmond Hill Oriole[61] 3300 Leslie Street, Toronto 43°45′55″N 79°21′53″W / 43.7654°N 79.3646°W / 43.7654; -79.3646 1 295 5
Old Cummer[62] 5760 Leslie Street, Toronto 43°47′33″N 79°22′16″W / 43.7924°N 79.3712°W / 43.7924; -79.3712 1 466 5
Langstaff[63] 10 Red Maple Road, Richmond Hill 43°50′18″N 79°25′24″W / 43.8383°N 79.4233°W / 43.8383; -79.4233 1 1137 60
Richmond Hill[64] 6 Newkirk Road, Richmond Hill 43°52′30″N 79°25′36″W / 43.8749°N 79.4267°W / 43.8749; -79.4267 1 2324 61
Gormley[65] 1650 Stouffville Road, Richmond Hill 43°56′27″N 79°23′53″W / 43.9409°N 79.3980°W / 43.9409; -79.3980 1 850 62
Bloomington future station
  Stouffville Kennedy[66] 2467 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto 43°43′56″N 79°15′45″W / 43.7323°N 79.2624°W / 43.7323; -79.2624 1 0 77
Agincourt[67] 4100 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto 43°47′08″N 79°17′02″W / 43.7855°N 79.2840°W / 43.7855; -79.2840 1 342 7
Milliken[68] 39 Redlea Avenue, Toronto 43°49′24″N 79°18′06″W / 43.8232°N 79.3016°W / 43.8232; -79.3016 1 665 70
Unionville[69] 155 YMCA Boulevard, Markham 43°51′06″N 79°18′53″W / 43.8516°N 79.3148°W / 43.8516; -79.3148 1 1620 71
Centennial[70] 320 Bullock Drive, Markham 43°52′25″N 79°17′22″W / 43.8737°N 79.2894°W / 43.8737; -79.2894 1 451 72
Markham[71] 214 Main Street North, Markham 43°52′58″N 79°15′45″W / 43.8827°N 79.2626°W / 43.8827; -79.2626 2 413 72
Mount Joy[72] 1801 Bur Oak Avenue, Markham 43°54′01″N 79°15′47″W / 43.9004°N 79.2630°W / 43.9004; -79.2630 1 1333 73
Stouffville[73] 6176 Main Street, Stouffville 43°58′17″N 79°15′00″W / 43.9714°N 79.2501°W / 43.9714; -79.2501 1 243 74
Lincolnville[74] 6840 Bethesda Road, Stouffville 43°59′41″N 79°14′04″W / 43.9948°N 79.2344°W / 43.9948; -79.2344 6 567 74

Future lines[edit]

Bolton line

This line would follow a CP rail line from Union Station through western Toronto and Woodbridge to the suburban community of Bolton, Ontario, replacing a bus service that currently encompasses two inbound and two outbound trips.

Seaton line

This line would use CP's Belleville subdivision to run from Toronto through northern Scarborough and east to Brock Road in Pickering. The line would likely be introduced after further development of the Seaton new town in Pickering. GO Trains originating at Union might reach the Belleville subdivision by potentially using disused CP Trackage in the lower Don Valley or by following the existing Stouffville line then shifting onto Belleville subdivision trackage via a new connection structure near Kennedy and Sheppard. Alternatively, trains might originate along the Midtown Corridor (see below).

Locust Hill line

This line, like the Seaton line, would use CP's Belleville subdivision, then branch at the Agincourt yard onto CP's Havelock Subdivision and continue northeast to Brock Road in the small community of Claremont, within the city of Pickering. This line would serve the growing community of Cornell in Markham, as well as the established Morningside Heights subdivision in Toronto. If the proposed Pickering International Airport is built, it will likely also connect to this line.

Although it was not included in MoveOntario 2020, commuter rail service to Peterborough has also been proposed, which would involve trains travelling on the same line but continuing beyond Claremont. The federal government announced funding for a commuter train route to Peterborough in its 2008 budget, but it is uncertain who will operate it, as neither GO Transit nor federally-owned Via Rail have expressed any interest. Extensive track upgrades would be necessary to allow trains to reach desirable speeds. GO Transit provided a compromise by starting a train-meet bus service on September 5, 2009, between Peterborough and Oshawa GO station (on the Lakeshore East line), making stops at RR10 & Highway 115, downtown Peterborough and Trent University.

Midtown corridor
Main article: Midtown corridor

MoveOntario 2020 also proposed adding passenger service on the CP freight mainline that cuts through Toronto to the north of the downtown area. The midtown corridor runs from the Junction (intersection of many CN and CP lines, as well as the GO Georgetown and Milton routes) to the Don Valley. Service could involve an extension of the Seaton and North Pickering routes westward, or a combination of trains from the Georgetown and Milton lines. Passenger service would need to be restored to the former North Toronto Station on Yonge Street, or a new station would possibly be built adjacent to the Dupont TTC Station at Spadina Road.

While this proposal would take pressure off of Union Station, and would arguably become one of the more popular and lucrative of the new lines, it faces tremendous roadblocks and is the least likely of the new routes to be implemented. Canadian Pacific is strongly resistant to allow operation of GO trains on its tracks, and this line would use its most congested route, the mainline. The TTC is highly opposed also to a competing corridor to its Bloor-Danforth line. Furthermore, the proposed transfer points to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway would require new construction and would swamp existing stations. GO passengers transferring to the TTC at Union Station are moving "counterflow" (northbound into downtown) and take advantage of some rare rush-hour spare capacity on the line, whereas the new station would only add to the growing peak-direction congestion on the Yonge and University segments. On the surface, the midtown corridor appears to require the least increase in infrastructure and should be the simplest to implement, but is in fact the most difficult from a bureaucratic perspective.

Maintenance and storage[edit]

Maintenance facilities[edit]

Willowbrook Yard is currently the only rail maintenance facility, covering 18,600 m2 (200,000 sq ft). It is along the Lakeshore West line, directly west of Mimico GO Station, and directly north of Via Rail's Toronto Maintenance Centre. The yard includes four progressive maintenance bays, a locomotive shop, a coach repair shop and storage tracks for 21 trains.[1]

GO Transit is currently constructing the East Rail Maintenance Facility in Whitby. It will be the second rail maintenance facility and will be 46,000 m2 (500,000 sq ft), more than twice the size of Willowbrook. It will include two progressive maintenance bays, a locomotive shop, a coach repair shop, a wheel shop, a locomotice washing station and storage tracks for 3 trains.[75] The facility is required to handle service expansions, which include the GO Transit Regional Express Rail program.[76]

Train layovers[edit]

GO Transit Train Layover Facilities
Name Location Coordinates Trains Notes
Allandale GO Station[60] 24 Essa Road, Barrie 44°22′29″N 79°41′19″W / 44.3747°N 79.6887°W / 44.3747; -79.6887 6
Bathurst North Yard 355 Front Street West, Toronto 43°38′32″N 79°23′40″W / 43.6423°N 79.3945°W / 43.6423; -79.3945 7
Don Yard 470 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto 43°39′10″N 79°21′01″W / 43.6527°N 79.3503°W / 43.6527; -79.3503 10
Georgetown GO Station[46] 55 Queen Street, Georgetown 43°39′20″N 79°55′07″W / 43.6556°N 79.9186°W / 43.6556; -79.9186 4
Hamilton GO Centre[18] 36 Hunter Street East, Hamilton 43°15′11″N 79°52′09″W / 43.2530°N 79.8691°W / 43.2530; -79.8691 4
Kitchener Layover Yard 575 King Street East, Kitchener 43°27′11″N 80°30′06″W / 43.4530°N 80.5017°W / 43.4530; -80.5017 2
Lewis Road Layover Lewis Road, Hamilton 43°12′59″N 79°39′10″W / 43.2163°N 79.6529°W / 43.2163; -79.6529 4
Lincolnville GO Station[74] 6840 Bethesda Road, Stouffville 43°59′41″N 79°14′04″W / 43.9948°N 79.2344°W / 43.9948; -79.2344 6
Milton Yard 7374 5th Line, Milton 43°32′25″N 79°50′40″W / 43.5404°N 79.8445°W / 43.5404; -79.8445 10
UP Express Storage Track[77] 175 City View Drive, Toronto 43°42′20″N 79°35′20″W / 43.7056°N 79.5889°W / 43.7056; -79.5889 1
Whitby Layover Yard 1300 Henry Street, Whitby 43°51′59″N 78°56′51″W / 43.8663°N 78.9475°W / 43.8663; -78.9475 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GO Transit: Rail Fact Sheet" (PDF). GO Transit. January 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Garcia et al.: Lakeshore corridor
  3. ^ Sergeant (2004),  Ch.4: Buying the trains..
  4. ^ a b "Info to GO" (PDF). GO Transit. January 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Rail Corridor Ownership". Metrolinx. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Fare Information". GO Transit. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  7. ^ GO Transit: USTN
  8. ^ GO Transit: EXGO
  9. ^ GO Transit: MMGO
  10. ^ GO Transit: LBGO
  11. ^ GO Transit: PCGO
  12. ^ GO Transit: CLGO
  13. ^ GO Transit: OKGO
  14. ^ GO Transit: BTGO
  15. ^ GO Transit: APGO
  16. ^ GO Transit: BUGO
  17. ^ GO Transit: ALGO
  18. ^ a b GO Transit: HMGO
  19. ^ GO Transit: WHBR
  20. ^ GO Transit: CAGO
  21. ^ GO Transit: NFGO
  22. ^ GO Transit: DAGO
  23. ^ GO Transit: SCGO
  24. ^ GO Transit: EGGO
  25. ^ GO Transit: GUGO
  26. ^ GO Transit: ROGO
  27. ^ GO Transit: PKGO
  28. ^ GO Transit: AJGO
  29. ^ GO Transit: WHGO
  30. ^ GO Transit: OSGO
  31. ^ GO Transit: KPGO
  32. ^ GO Transit: DXGO
  33. ^ GO Transit: CKGO
  34. ^ GO Transit: ERGO
  35. ^ GO Transit: STGO
  36. ^ GO Transit: MDGO
  37. ^ GO Transit: LGGO
  38. ^ GO Transit: MNGO
  39. ^ GO Transit: BOGO
  40. ^ GO Transit: WSGO
  41. ^ GO Transit: ETGO
  42. ^ GO Transit: MTGO
  43. ^ GO Transit: BLGO
  44. ^ GO Transit: BRGO
  45. ^ GO Transit: MPGO
  46. ^ a b GO Transit: GEGO
  47. ^ GO Transit: ATGO
  48. ^ GO Transit: GUEP
  49. ^ GO Transit: KITC
  50. ^ Downsview Park GO Station
  51. ^ GO Transit: YUGO
  52. ^ GO Transit: RUGO
  53. ^ GO Transit: MAGO
  54. ^ GO Transit: KGGO
  55. ^ GO Transit: AUGO
  56. ^ GO Transit: NMGO
  57. ^ GO Transit: GWIL
  58. ^ GO Transit: BDGO
  59. ^ GO Transit: BSGO
  60. ^ a b GO Transit: ADGO
  61. ^ GO Transit: ORGO
  62. ^ GO Transit: CMGO
  63. ^ GO Transit: LNGO
  64. ^ GO Transit: RHGO
  65. ^ GO Transit: GORL
  66. ^ GO Transit: KDGO
  67. ^ GO Transit: AGGO
  68. ^ GO Transit: MIGO
  69. ^ GO Transit: UVGO
  70. ^ GO Transit: CEGO
  71. ^ GO Transit: MKGO
  72. ^ GO Transit: MJGO
  73. ^ GO Transit: SVGO
  74. ^ a b GO Transit: LCGO
  75. ^ "East Rail Maintenance Facility". GO Transit. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  76. ^ "Ontario Unveils New Accessible Double-Decker GO Buses" (Press release). Government of Ontario. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  77. ^ PT-2014-RF-095: CONSTRUCTION OF RAIL STORAGE TRACK FOR UP EXPRESS SERVICE

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