Kitchener line

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Kitchener line
GO Transit logo.svg GO Kitchener logo.svg
Georgetown GO Train Eastbound.jpg
TypeCommuter rail
SystemGO Train
LocaleToronto; Mississauga; Brampton;
Halton Hills; Guelph; Kitchener
Daily ridership18,000 (2014)[1]
OpenedApril 29, 1974 (1974-04-29)
Canadian National Railway
Operator(s)GO Transit
Line length102.7 km (63.8 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map

Layover Yard
Kitchener Central
Waterloo ION logo.svg
VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
Mount Pleasant
VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
Halwest Junction
CN Halton Sub to MacMillan Yard
Pearson Station
Union Pearson Express
Pearson Airport
Etobicoke North
CP MacTier Subdivision
Weston tunnel
UP Express logo.svg
Mount Dennis
BSicon TRAM.svg TTC - Line 5.svg
BSicon CLRV.svg TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg UP Express logo.svg
GO Transit logo.svg VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg UP Express logo.svg BSicon CLRV.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg

Kitchener 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.



The GO Transit Georgetown line opened on April 29, 1974, becoming the second line in the GO Transit rail network. Peak-direction train service operated between Georgetown and Union Station, replacing a commuter service previously operated by Canadian National Railway (CN).[2]

Service was extended beyond Georgetown to Guelph on October 29, 1990, but was again cut back to Georgetown on July 2, 1993.[2]

Limited weekday midday service was introduced in April 2002, with four trains in each direction between Union and Bramalea. These trains were discontinued in 2011 to facilitate construction of the Georgetown South Expansion project.

On December 19, 2011, the Georgetown Line was renamed the Kitchener Line as service was extended to Kitchener, making one intermediate stop at Guelph. Another intermediate stop, Acton, opened on January 7, 2013.[3]

Weekday midday service was re-introduced in September 2015, with hourly service between Mount Pleasant and Union.[4]


As a part of the GO Transit Rail Improvement Program, the West Toronto Diamond was grade separated. The Metrolinx Weston railway, which carries the Kitchener Line as well as UP Express and Via trains, was lowered into a trench to pass under CP's North Toronto main line.[5] Trains began using the new grade separation in May 2014.[6]

The Georgetown South railway expansion project was initiated in 2009 with Metrolinx now as its proponent.[7] The project represented a significant increase in railway capacity, with the former 2-track railway being widened to 4 tracks, with a total of 8 tracks where the Milton line and Barrie line share the corridor. All level crossings along the corridor were eliminated with using railway or roadway underpasses. The plan would allow for an increased frequency of trains on the route, increasing service from approximately 50 per day to about least 300.[8] It drew criticism from Weston community groups, which opposed the increased use of diesel locomotive on the basis of air pollution. They preferred instead that the corridor be electrified.[8] The group has also requested more stations along the route.[8]

In 2009 Metrolinx purchased 26 kilometres (16 mi) of track along the corridor from Toronto to Bramalea for $160 million.[9]:10 In September 2014, it purchased the 53 kilometres (33 mi) of track from Georgetown to Kitchener from CN for $76 million.[10]

Station list[edit]

Station Municipality Connections Notes
Kitchener Kitchener GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Mainline rail interchange VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
Waterloo ION logo.svg Ion
BSicon BUS1.svg GRT
No off-peak train service
To be replaced by Kitchener Central Station
Breslau Woolwich Proposed station
Guelph Guelph GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Mainline rail interchange VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
Bus interchange Guelph Transit
No off-peak train service
Acton Halton Hills GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg No off-peak train service
Georgetown GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Mainline rail interchange VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
No off-peak train service
Mount Pleasant Brampton GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Bus interchange Brampton Transit
ZUM logo.svg  505   561 
Brampton GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Mainline rail interchange VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
Bus interchange Brampton Transit
ZUM logo.svg  501   502   561 
Bramalea GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Bus interchange Brampton Transit
ZUM logo.svg  511 
Malton Mississauga GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Mainline rail interchange VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
Bus interchange MiWay
ZUM logo.svg  505 
Etobicoke North Toronto Bus interchange TTC
Weston Mainline rail interchange UP Express logo.svg
Bus interchange TTC
Mount Dennis Mainline rail interchange UP Express logo.svg
BSicon TRAM.svg TTC - Line 5.svg
Bus interchange TTC
Opening 2021
St. Clair BSicon CLRV.svg TTC Proposed station
Bloor Mainline rail interchange UP Express logo.svg
BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
BSicon CLRV.svg TTC
Liberty Village BSicon CLRV.svg TTC Future station
Union Station GO Transit logo.svg GO Lakeshore West logo.svg GO Milton logo.svg GO Barrie logo.svg GO Richmond Hill logo.svg GO Stouffville logo.svg GO Lakeshore East logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Mainline rail interchange UP Express logo.svg VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Amtrak
BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg

BSicon CLRV.svg TTC

Future expansion[edit]

The 2008 proposal to extend the line past Georgetown to Kitchener included some components which have not yet been realized. In addition to the now-realized stations in Kitchener, Guelph and Acton, the report proposed a station in Breslau which would serve as a Park-and-ride facility for Waterloo Region, and a layover yard in Baden, Ontario.[11] The Breslau station received further approval in an official expansion plan in June, 2016.[12]

The provincial initiative known as GO Regional Express Rail proposes a substantial increase in Kitchener Line service 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 throughout the day.[13] CN Rail owns a 19-kilometre (12 mi) segment of the line between Georgetown and Bramalea that will be bypassed by a 30-kilometre (19 mi) track to which freight traffic will be shunted.[14] Once completed, Metrolinx will acquire the track segment between Bramalea and Georgetown.[14]

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 Line 5 Eglinton LRT at Mount Dennis station, and open when that line opens in 2021.[15]

As part of Toronto mayor John Tory's Smart Track initiative, new stations are planned where the line crosses St. Clair Avenue West and near Liberty Village.[16]


  1. ^ "Regional Express Rail" (PDF). Metrolinx. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Garcia, Daniel (25 June 2015). "GO Transit's Kitchener Line". Transit Toronto. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  3. ^ "GO station to be built in Acton". Guelph Mercury. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  4. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (19 August 2015). "GO boosts Brampton trains and bus service to Pearson". Toronto Star. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  5. ^ Cameron, Roger (1 April 2009). "Reduces Corporate Taxes, Sales Tax Harmonization". Railway Association of Canada. Retrieved 22 April 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "West Toronto Diamond". GO Transit. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  7. ^[permanent dead link] News Release - Metrolinx is new proponent of Georgetown Line
  8. ^ a b c Kalinowski, Tess (22 April 2009). "GO plans anger residents". Toronto Star. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
  9. ^ Pfeifer, Judy; Troughton, Gord; Burke, Chris. "Transforming the way our region moves" (PDF). Metrolinx. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Metrolinx buys 53-km track section, touts Kitchener GO upgrades". CBC News. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  12. ^ "GO Regional Express Rail 10-Year Program: New Stations Analysis" (PDF). Metrolinx. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  13. ^ Ontario improving GO Transit service along all corridors
  14. ^ a b Vrbanac, Bob (2 September 2017). "Metrolinx said potential agreement could shorten timelines for two-way all-day GO train". Waterloo Chronicle. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Spurr, Ben (June 21, 2016). "Locations of four new Toronto GO stations announced". Toronto Star. Retrieved 21 June 2016.

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