Kitchener line

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Kitchener line
GO Transit logo.svg Kitchener line GO logo.png
Georgetown GO Train Eastbound.jpg
Type Commuter rail
System GO Train
Locale Greater Toronto Area
Stations 12
Daily ridership 18,000 (2014)[1]
Website Table 31
Opening April 29, 1974
Owner Canadian National Railway
Goderich–Exeter Railway
Operator(s) GO Transit
Line length 102.7 kilometres (63.8 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map
km hour
102.7 KitchenerVIA Rail Canada simplified.svg 1:57
Conestoga Parkway
Grand River
Waterloo Region ¦ Wellington County
Hanlon Parkway
80.3 GuelphVIA Rail Canada simplified.svg 1:33
Speed River
Wellington County ¦ Halton Region
Acton 1:18
CN Halton Subdivision
48.9 GeorgetownVIA Rail Canada simplified.svg 1:01
Credit River
Halton Region ¦ Peel Region
40.6 Mount Pleasant 0:51
Peel Regional Road 107
Orangeville Brampton Railway
35.9 BramptonVIA Rail Canada simplified.svg 0:45
Hurontario Street
410 Underpass
29.8 Bramalea 0:36
Steeles Avenue Underpass
407 Underpass
27.4 Halwest Junction
(CN Halton Subdivision to MacMillan Yard)
23.7 Malton 0:29
Pearson Station (Union Pearson Express)
Peel Region ¦ Toronto
427 Underpass
17.7 Etobicoke North 0:22
401 Underpass
15.1 Humber River
13.8 WestonUP Express logo.svg 0:17
West Toronto Diamond - Milton line
6.2 BloorBSicon BUS1.svg BSicon CLRV.svgTTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svgUP Express logo.svg 0:09
Parkdale Junction
(Barrie GO line to Barrie)
Lakeshore West GO line to Hamilton
North Bathurst Yard
0.00 UnionBSicon CLRV.svgTTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg 0:00
GO Transit logo.svgLakeshore West logo.png Lakeshore East line GO logo.pngMilton line GO logo.pngBarrie line GO logo.png Richmond Hill line GO logo.png UP Express logo.svg
VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg

Kitchener (formerly Georgetown) is one of the seven train lines of the GO Transit system in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. It extends from Union Station in Toronto to Kitchener. GO Bus service to Guelph to and from Georgetown (during rush hours) and Bramalea (during midday) is provided Monday to Friday with evening and weekend service directly to Union Station via Brampton.

The Georgetown line was, after the then-combined Lakeshore West line and Lakeshore East line, the second line established by GO Transit, opened on April 29, 1974 with service from Brampton and Union Station. From October 29, 1990 to July 2, 1993, train service on the line extended beyond Georgetown to Guelph. On December 19, 2011, the Georgetown Line was renamed the Kitchener Line with the opening of an extension to Kitchener, including a restoration of Guelph service.

A train goes through downtown Brampton, just before Brampton station.

West Toronto Diamond construction[edit]

Under the GO Transit Rail Improvement Program, construction is underway to grade separate the West Toronto Diamond on the Georgetown line. Although planned, approved and funded separately from the Georgetown South Expansion (see below), it falls within the same corridor and was seen as a necessary precursor project.[2] Owing to recent construction delays, construction at West Toronto Diamond and the broader Georgetown South Expansion will now dovetail into one another.[citation needed]

Georgetown South expansion[edit]

Following proposals for service expansions along the Georgetown line since at least 1990,[3] a project to provide both Georgetown South Service Expansion and a rail link to Pearson Airport entered a streamlined environmental impact assessment process in early 2009 with Metrolinx now as its proponent.[4][5] The environmental assessment was completed in July 2009 and final approval was given in October 2009.[citation needed]

The plan would result in an increased frequency of trains on the route, from approximately 50 per day to at least 300.[6] It drew criticism from Weston community groups, which opposed the increased use of diesel locomotives emitting pollutants in their area, preferring instead that the corridor be electrified.[6] The group has also requested more stations to provide service for more neighbourhoods along the route.[6]

GO Transit is also planning to expand its service for the Kitchener line to all-day, two-way operations.[7] It purchased the 25 km Weston Subdivision segment of rail from Canadian National Railway,[8] from downtown Toronto to Bramalea Road, so that it may control train dispatching along that segment.[7] CNR will continue to operate three daily local freight trains along that corridor,[8] and Via Rail will now lease line operations from GO Transit for routes along that corridor, though GO Transit trains will receive signalling priority.[7]

A new station is also proposed where the line crosses Eglinton Avenue in the Mount Dennis neighbourhood; it would interface with the western end of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, at Mount Dennis LRT station, and open when that line opens in about 2022.[9]

Extension westward[edit]

In September 2008, GO Transit unveiled a proposal to extend the line past Georgetown to Acton, Guelph, and Kitchener.[10] In the final Environmental Study Report released in July 2009, the extension was identified as both viable and preferable to bus service.[11] The report selected the following sites for four new stations:

  • Georgetown - current GO Station to be retained and expanded in its current location
  • Acton - to be located at the former GO Station site at Hide House
  • Guelph - to be located at the existing Via station and former GO Station in that city's downtown
  • Breslau - to be located on the eastern side of the village at the end of an extended Greenhouse Road. Would serve as the primary park and ride facility for entire Waterloo Region.
  • Kitchener - to be located in that city's downtown at the existing Via station on an interim basis, and then ultimately relocated three blocks west to a new multimodal station on King Street with connectivity to the Ion rapid transit LRT line under construction.

A layover yard, potentially expandable to a full refueling and servicing facility, would be constructed on the western side of Baden. The report suggests passenger service could be added to this facility (akin to Lincolnville GO Station) at a later date, as well as identifying Rockwood as a potential location for an infill station as demand warrants.[11] The layover yard, which will include a bus facility, is now set to be located within Kitchener, on Shirley Avenue, adapting an existing set of industrial spurs. [12]

In November 2010, a limited rollout of the above plan was announced to be in place by late 2011. Two trains daily were planned to serve Acton, Guelph and Kitchener (the latter two at their existing Via locations); layover for those trains would be at a small facility in Kitchener. $18 million would be spent to get this first stage operational, with further upgrades to come.[13] Service to Guelph and Kitchener began December 19; the line was renamed the 'Kitchener GO Train line' on the same date.[14][15] The Acton station's opening was delayed until January 7, 2013.[16]

In September 2014, it was announced that Metrolinx had purchased 53 kilometers of track from Georgetown to Kitchener. [17]

On April 16, 2015, the Ontario government is working with Metrolinx to have more train service along the Kitchener line, known as GO Regional Express Rail over the next decade. During peak hours, trains would run in peak direction every 30 minutes from Kitchener to Union Station and every 15 minutes from Mount Pleasant to Union Station. Electrification will be in place from Bramalea to Union Station, with trains running every 15 minutes along the electrified line.[18] Metrolinx will also add express service to the line, from Bramalea to Union Station in the morning and from Union Station to Bramalea in the afternoon and evening.[19]


The Kitchener line makes connections with:


Three light rail projects proposed or under construction are planned to have direct connections to the Kitchener line:


  1. ^ "Regional Express Rail" (PDF). Metrolinx. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Cameron, Roger (1 April 2009). "Reduces Corporate Taxes, Sales Tax Harmonization". Railway Association of Canada. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Metrolinx Georgetown South Service Expansion - Archived Reports & Publications
  4. ^ News Release - Metrolinx is new proponent of Georgetown Line
  5. ^ January 21 Metrolinx announcement
  6. ^ a b c Kalinowski, Tess (22 April 2009). "GO plans anger residents". Toronto Star. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c Kalinowski, Tess (9 April 2009). "Train service to improve to Georgetown, Brampton". Toronto Star. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "GO Transit acquires important CN rail line for expanded commuter rail service in the Greater Toronto Area". PR Newswire Association LLC. Canadian National Railway. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  9. ^ James Bow (2013-09-04). "Future Mount Dennis Station (Kitchener Line/Eglinton LRT)". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 2013-09-08. The connection was given new life with the launch of Eglinton LRT, operating from Jane Street east to Kennedy. A stop near Black Creek Drive would include a connection with the GO Kitchener line and a new stop on the Union Pearson Express. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ a b R. J. Burnside and Associates, Ltd. (2009-07-13). "Georgetown to Kitchener Environmental Study Report". Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  12. ^ "New Train Layover & Bus Facility, Shirley Avenue, Kitchener". Merx. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Outhit, Jeff (14 November 2010). "GO trains to run from Kitchener to Toronto in 2011". Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ Outhit, Jeff (25 November 2011). "GO Train coming Dec. 19". Waterloo Region Record. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "GO station to be built in Acton". Guelph Mercury. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Metrolinx buys 53-km track section, touts Kitchener GO upgrades". CBC News. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Ontario improving GO Transit service along all corridors
  19. ^ "Kitchener GO line". Regional planning. Metrolinx. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 

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