Richmond Hill line
GO Train travels south through the Don Valley
|Locale||Greater Toronto Area|
|Daily ridership||10,000 (2008)|
|Opened||May 1, 1978|
Canadian National Railway (York Region)
|Line length||42.3 kilometres (26.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
Richmond Hill is one of the seven train lines of the GO Transit system in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. It extends north from Union Station in Toronto to Gormley GO Station in Richmond Hill.
A Richmond Hill commuter train service had been announced in 1969 by the provincial government, but its implementation was cancelled in 1970 in favour of bus commuter service.
Following a promotional opening on Saturday April 29, the Richmond Hill line became the fourth GO Transit rail line on Monday, May 1, 1978. The opening had been delayed because the BiLevel coaches ordered for the Lakeshore line were not delivered on time, so existing Lakeshore line trains were not available to be redeployed on the Richmond Hill line.
The layout of the line remained generally unchanged from 1978 to 2016, when the line was extended north to the new Gormley station. This extension was part of the GO 2020 strategy, which aims to extend the line north to Aurora Road in Stouffville. Phase I of the project, which was completed in late 2016, established the Gormley GO Station where the line intersects Stouffville Road, created a train layover facility at Bethesda Road, and graded the corridor for the extension. Phase II of the project will extend the line further north to the new Bloomington GO Station.
The Richmond Hill line operates over the CN Bala Subdivision, which is owned by Metrolinx between Union Station and Doncaster Diamond, where the line crosses the CN York Subdivision. North of Doncaster Diamond, the line is owned by Canadian National and is part of its transcontinental freight route.
|Community||Municipality||Regional Mun.||Fare zone||Distance (km) ||Connections|
|Bloomington (future)||Aurora and Oak Ridges||Aurora||York||TBD||45.9|
|Richmond Hill||Richmond Hill||61||33.8||
Blue, Purple, Pink, YRT Bus (via Richmond Hill Centre Terminal)
|Old Cummer||North York||Toronto||05||22.7||TTC|
|Oriole||19.6|| (via Leslie Station)
As a part of the GO Regional Express Rail (RER) initiative, train service along the Richmond Hill line is planned to be significantly expanded over the next decade. During peak hours, trains would run in peak direction every 15-30 minutes along this line. To implement the planned RER service, the Richmond Hill line would need $1 billion in flood mitigation and a grade separation in the Doncaster area.
- "Refund request 'amusing to robarts, but not to Medcof". The Era. 3 June 1970. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "Rail line ready but trains late". The Liberal. 22 February 1978. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- "GO Transit reveals Strategic Plan - GO 2020". GO Transit. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
- "Expansion Projects". GO Transit. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
- Tess Kalinowski, Transportation reporter (17 April 2015). "GO to add almost 50 per cent more trains in next 5 years". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
- Delcan/Arup (30 July 2010). "Electrification Baseline Draft Report" (PDF). GO Transit. GO Transit. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- Ontario improving GO Transit service along all corridors