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||33.8 kilometres (21.0 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 from Union Station in Toronto to Richmond Hill, running along the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway lines owned by CN.
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.
After the Lakeshore East, Lakeshore West, and Georgetown lines, the Richmond Hill line was the fourth in the GO network to open. Following a promotional opening on Saturday April 29, 1978, regular service began on Monday May 1. Unique amongst GO rail corridors, the initial lineup of four stations has not changed since opening day.
As part of the GO 2020 strategy, the corridor will be upgraded and extended to Aurora Road in Stouffville. Phase I of the project, for which construction will begin in the fall of 2011 and be completed in the fall of 2013, will establish the Gormley GO Station where the line intersects Stouffville Road, create a train layover facility at Bethesda Road, and grade the corridor for the extension. Phase II, which will begin after completion of Phase I, will consist of the construction of Bloomington GO Station and grading of the route.
On April 16, 2015, the Ontario government is working with Metrolinx to have more train service along the Richmond Hill line, known as GO Regional Express Rail over the next decade. During peak hours, trains would run in peak direction every 15-30 minutes along this line.
|Community||Municipality||Regional Mun.||Fare zone||Distance (km)||Connections|
|Bloomington (future)||Aurora and Oak Ridges||Aurora||York||TBA||TBA|
|Gormley (future)||Gormley||Richmond Hill||TBA||TBA|
|Richmond Hill||Richmond Hill||61||33.8|
|Langstaff||Langstaff||60||29.5||Blue Purple (via Richmond Hill Centre Terminal)|
|Old Cummer||North York||Toronto||05||22.7|
|Oriole||18.2||(via Leslie Station)|
- GO Transit: Richmond Hill GO Train & Bus Service
- GO Transit: Richmond Hill GO Train & Bus Service Schedule (PDF)
- "Refund request 'amusing to robarts, but not to Medcof". The Era. 3 June 1970. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- Significant dates in GO Transit
- "GO Transit reveals Strategic Plan - GO 2020". GO Transit. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
- "Expansion Projects". GO Transit. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
- Ontario improving GO Transit service along all corridors