Stouffville line

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Stouffville
GO Transit logo.svg Stouffville line GO logo.png
Stouffville GO Train Westbound from Danforth.jpg
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System GO Train
Locale Greater Toronto Area
Daily ridership 15,000 (2014)[1]
Website Table 71
Operation
Opened September 7, 1982
Owner Metrolinx
Operator(s) GO Transit
Technical
Line length 49.6 kilometres (30.8 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Operating speed 90 miles per hour (145 km/h) (max)
Route map
km
00.0 Right arrow Downsview
0 Union StationVIA Rail Canada simplified.svgBSicon CLRV.svgTTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
Right arrow Finch
16.4 Union to Kennedy
2.0 Cherry St JunctionLakeshore East line GO logo.png
2.5 Don River
2.6 Don Valley Parkway
3.0 Eastern Avenue
3.3 Queen Street East
3.8 Dundas Street East
3.9 Logan Ave
4.1 Carlaw Avenue
4.2 Gerrard Street East
4.4 Pape Avenue Pedestrian Bridge
4.8 Jones Avenue
5.5 TTC Greenwood Yard
5.5 Greenwood Avenue
5.8
Pedestrian underpass
Monarch Park - Woodfield Road
6.2 Coxwell Avenue
7.1 Woodbine Avenue
8.1 Main Street
8.4 DanforthLakeshore East line GO logo.png
9.4 Victoria Park Avenue
10.6 Warden Avenue
10.9 Danforth Avenue
11.7 Birchmount Road
4.4
pedestrian bridge
former Woodrow Avenue
12.9 Kennedy Road
13.8 ScarboroughLakeshore East line GO logo.png
13.8 St. Clair Avenue
14.0 Scarborough JunctionLakeshore East line GO logo.png Left arrow
14.5 Danforth Road
14.9
pedestrian crossing with
Corvette Ave
15.2
pedestrian crossing with
Benjamin Blvd - Saugeen Cres
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
WardenTTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
16.2 Freight spur (serving Golden Mile)
16.4 KennedyTTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svgTTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg BSicon BUS1.svg
06.5 Kennedy to Agincourt
16.5 Eglinton Avenue
18.5 Lawrence East TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg
18.5 Lawrence Avenue
18.8 Southwest Highland Creek
18.9 Freight Siding
19.0 Freight Siding
20.4 Ellesmere Road
20.4 Ellesmere TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg
20.6 McCowan TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg
20.6 Atlantic Packaging freight siding
20.8 Progress Avenue
20.9 West Highland Creek
21.1 West Highland Creek
21.4 Highway 401
22.1 CP Havelock line
22.2 West Highland Creek
22.6 Sheppard Avenue
22.9 AgincourtBSicon BUS1.svg
04.5 Agincourt to Milliken
23.0
pedestrian crossing with
Marilyn Ave - Agincourt Dr
23.6 Havendale Road
24.1 Huntingwood Drive
24.8 Finch Avenue
25.4 Freight siding
25.6
former siding to
Toronto Hydro Electrical substation
26.1 McNicoll Avenue
26.8 Passmore Avenue
27.4 MillikenBSicon BUS1.svg
Toronto
York Region
03.2 Milliken to Unionville
27.5 Steeles Avenue
28.2 Kennedy Road
28.8 Denison Street
29.6 14th Avenue
30.0
CN Toronto Bypass
former Hagerman Diamond
30.4 Highway 407
30.6 UnionvilleViva
04.4 Unionville to Centennial
30.8 Enterprise Boulevard
31.4 Rouge River
31.6 Highway 7
31.9 Eureka Street
32.1 former Unionville Station
32.2 Main Street, Unionville
32.3 Mill Stream
32.5 Bruce Creek
32.7 Kennedy Road
33.5 Eckard Creek
35.0 Centennial
01.7 Centennial to Markham
35.1 McCowan Road
35.4
36.4 Robinson Creek
36.6 Snider Drive
36.7 Markham
02.0 Markham to Mount Joy
36.8 Main St Markham
37.8 16th Avenue
38.7 Mount Joy
08.1 Mount Joy to Stouffville
38.8 Bur Oak Avenue
39.2 Castlemore Avenue
40.0 Major Mackenzie Drive
40.5 Little Rouge Creek
42.5 Elgin Mills Road
44.3 Ninth Line
44.7 19th Avenue
45.2 Reeves Way Boulevard
45.9 Hoover Park Drive
46.5
46.7 Main Street, Stouffville
46.8 Stouffville
47.1
02.8 Stouffville to Lincolnville
47.3
Stouffville Junction
Toronto and Nipissing Railway, Sutton Branch
47.0 Stouffville Creek
47.1 Millard Street
48.4 Private farm crossing
49.2 Bethesda Road
49.3 10th Line
49.6 Lincolnville
York Region
Durham Region
Uxbridge
Proposed, as part of
MoveOntario 2020 plan

Stouffville is one of the seven train lines of the GO Transit system in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Its southern terminus is Union Station in Toronto, and its northern terminus is in Lincolnville in Whitchurch-Stouffville. There are bus connections from almost every station to Toronto Transit Commission and York Region Transit services.[2]

On weekdays during peak periods, trains operate twice per hour over the entire route, but in the peak direction only. Outside of peak periods, trains operate hourly in both directions between Unionville and Union, with a small number of trips covering the full line to Lincolnville. GO bus routes 70 and 71 provide service in the directions, time periods and segments not covered by train service. However, buses to and from Union Station bypass all other stations within the City of Toronto.[2]

Between Union Station and Scarborough Station, the Stouffville line shares tracks with the Lakeshore East line. Most Stouffvile Line trains operate non-stop through the shared segment, but certain peak-period trains stop at Danforth Station and one train per day also stops at Scarborough station.[2]

History[edit]

The track was originally laid by the Toronto and Nipissing Railway, and came into operation in 1871. The T&N merged with the Midland Railway of Canada in 1882. Only two years later, the Grand Trunk Railway leased most of the lines in the area as part of a major expansion plan, and purchased them outright in 1893. The Grand Trunk would later merge with the Canadian National Railway in 1923. CN would provide passenger rail service on the line until the formation of Via Rail in 1977.

On September 7, 1982, Via service was discontinued and replacement service—then just a single weekday run—was started by GO Transit.[3]

On 29 June 1998, GO Transit restored full service to the Lakeshore lines, and terminated Stouffville Line service to Danforth and Scarborough, which are shared with the Lakeshore East line.

On December 13, 2007, the government of Ontario announced funding to Metrolinx for network expansion, which included $20 million to build a second track to enable all-day two-way service between Union Station and Markham.[4]

On September 2, 2008, the line was extended northwards from Stouffville to Lincolnville.

On February 2, 2015, select trains began stopping at Danforth GO Station as part of a year-long pilot project to increase GO service within the City of Toronto. As of June 2017, many peak-period trains continue to stop at Danforth station, and one daily train also stops at Scarborough station.[2]

All-day weekday service was introduced on June 24th 2017, with hourly service in both directions between Unionville and Union Station during the midday and evening. Service in the counter-peak direction continues to be operated by buses.[2]

Route[edit]

The Stouffville line operates entirely over railways owned by Metrolinx. The line begins at Union Station and follows the Kingston Subdivision (GO Lakeshore East line) to Scarborough Junction, just east of Scarborough GO Station, with some trains stopping at Danforth Station along the way. It then branches north onto the Uxbridge Subdivision, originally the Toronto and Nipissing Railway.

Stations[edit]

In addition to the stations listed below, one train per day serves Scarborough GO Station, located between Danforth and Kennedy stations.[2]

Community Municipality Distance (km) Connections
Lincolnville Lincolnville Whitchurch-Stouffville 49.6 GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Stouffville Stouffville 46.8 GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
YRT Bus
Mount Joy Markham Markham 38.7 GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
BSicon BUS1.svg TTC
YRT Bus
Markham 36.7 GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
BSicon BUS1.svg TTC
YRT Bus
Centennial Unionville 35.0 BSicon BUS1.svg TTC
YRT Bus
Unionville 30.6 GO Transit logo.svg GO bus symbol.svg
Viva Pink
Milliken Scarborough Toronto 27.4 BSicon BUS1.svg TTC
YRT Bus
Finch East BSicon BUS1.svg TTC
Agincourt 22.9 BSicon BUS1.svg TTC
Lawrence East BSicon BUS1.svg TTC
Kennedy 16.4 BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg BSicon ICTS.svg TTC - Line 3 - Scarborough RT line.svg BSicon TRAM.svg TTC - Line 5.svg
BSicon BUS1.svg TTC
Danforth Old Toronto 8.4 BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
BSicon BUS1.svg TTC
Union 0.0 GO Transit logo.svg Lakeshore West logo.png Milton line GO logo.png Kitchener line GO logo.png Barrie line GO logo.png Richmond Hill line GO logo.png Lakeshore East line GO logo.png GO bus symbol.svg
Mainline rail interchange Amtrak UP Express logo.svg VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg
BSicon SUBWAY.svg TTC - Line 1 - Yonge-University-Spadina line.svg
BSicon CLRV.svg BSicon BUS1.svg TTC

Future expansion[edit]

In June 2013 GO held a first "Public Information Centre" of an environmental assessment study for expanding rail service in the Stouffville Corridor. This represented the completion of the second of five stages of work to implement expanded service, and recommended adding double track segments and other improvements between Union Station and Unionville to support increased train service levels.[5]

Double tracking of the line from Unionville GO station to Scarborough GO is scheduled to begin in 2015. This section is proposed to become part of the SmartTrack line proposed by Toronto mayor John Tory.[6]

On April 16, 2015, the Ontario government announced a Metrolinx initiative to increase rail service throughout the GO Transit network over the next decade, known as GO Regional Express Rail. Under the plan, diesel Stouffville line trains would operate every 20 minutes from Lincolnville to Union Station during peak periods, and hourly or better from Mount Joy to Union Station. In addition, electric trains would operate every 15 minutes between Unionville and Union Station.[7]

In June 2015, new stations were approved in Toronto at Finch Avenue East and Lawrence Avenue East, to be built alongside the RER electrification. [8]

There are long-term plans to extend service beyond Lincolnville to Uxbridge, over tracks already owned by GO Transit. Until such an expansion, Uxbridge is served by a GO bus stop at Uxbridge station, and the only rail service north of Lincolnville is the York-Durham Heritage Railway.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regional Express Rail" (PDF). Metrolinx. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Stouffville line schedule" (PDF). GO Transit. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Daniel Garcia; James Bow. "GO Transit's Stouffville Line". Transit Toronto. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gray, Jeff (2007-12-13). "Ontario to deliver on $100-million it had promised for public transit". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  5. ^ Stouffvile Corridor Rail Service Expansion Class Environmental Assessment Study PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE #1|date=2013-06-18|accessdate=2014-02-16
  6. ^ Richard Gilbert (25 February 2015). "Construction of second Stouffville track rolls forward". Daily Commercial News. Retrieved April 2015. A tender was issued earlier this month to expand and improve 17 kilometres of corridor on a section of the Stouffville line between Scarborough Junction to Unionville GO Station.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ Ontario improving GO Transit service along all corridors
  8. ^ "GO Regional Express Rail 10-Year Program: New Stations Analysis" (PDF). metrolinx.com. Metrolinx. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  9. ^ http://transit.toronto.on.ca/regional/2110.shtml

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