Current Status

On March 31, 2016, City Council directed the City Manager to complete the analysis for SmartTrack/GO Regional Express Rail (RER) integration options C and D, and remove from consideration the Separate and Parallel SmartTrack option, option A and option B as described below. The recommended SmartTrack concept will be reported to the City’s Executive Committee and the Metrolinx Board of Directors in June, 2016.

For further information, please see report EX13.3 Developing Toronto’s Transit Network Plan: Phase 1

Opportunity Statement

  • GO RER is the expansion of GO service, transforming it to be faster and more frequent throughout the day. It is a funded program being delivered by Metrolinx
  • SmartTrack is an opportunity to integrate transit services within Toronto, enabling GO corridors to provide new transit capacity for trips to, from and within the City of Toronto
  • To this end, SmartTrack proposes to increase use of the Stouffville and Kitchener lines, with new stations and improved service frequency, and an integrated fare
  • As a result, integrated options for GO RER and SmartTrack have been developed

Vision

Options adding capacity to the GO corridors to continue to serve long-distance commuters, as well as meet more of the transportation needs for people wanting to travel to, from and within the City of Toronto

Integration Options

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Separate and Parallel Services

Separate and Parallel SmartTrack

  • Separate 15-minute service above the committed GO RER program in the peak and off-peak
  • 14 new stations
  • Heavy rail connection between Mt. Dennis Station and Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre
  • Kitchener and Stouffville through service

Option A

Integration Option A

New stations shown are conceptual: recommendations for any new stations will come through RER new stations and analysis and discussions with the City. Eglinton West LRT shown in red.

  • Increased frequencies, above the committed GO RER program in the peak and off-peak
    • 4-6 minute frequency in the peak
    • 7.5 minute frequency in the off-peak
  • 5 new stations
    • Locations to be finalized through GO RER new stations analysis and discussions between Metrolinx and the City
    • Stations tested include Gerrard, Unilever, Bathurst-Spadina, Liberty Village, St. Clair West
  • Kitchener and Stouffville through service

Option B

Integration Option B

New stations shown are conceptual: recommendations for any new stations will come through RER new stations and analysis and discussions with the City. Eglinton West LRT shown in red.

  • 20 minute frequency for each of express service and local service (10 min combined service); Unionville – Union Station – Bramalea
    • Express service stopping at existing stations only
    • Local service stopping at existing + new stations
  • 8 new stations
    • Locations to be finalized through GO RER new stations analysis and discussions between Metrolinx and the City
    • Stations tested include St. Clair, Liberty Village, Bathurst-Spadina, Unilever, Gerrard- Carlaw, Ellesmere, Lawrence, and Finch
  • Kitchener and Stouffville through service

Option C

Integration Option C

New stations shown are conceptual: recommendations for any new stations will come through RER new stations and analysis and discussions with the City. Eglinton West LRT shown in red.

  • Funded and committed GO RER frequencies in the peak and off-peak
    • 5 to 10 minute peak service
    • 15 minute off-peak service
  • 7 to 8 new stations
    • Locations to be finalized through GO RER new stations analysis and discussions between Metrolinx and the City
    • Stations tested include St. Clair, Liberty Village, Unilever, Gerrard-Carlaw, Ellesmere, Lawrence, and Finch
  • Kitchener and Stouffville through service


SmartTrack Option C

• 27,600 more daily riders than GO RER

• Serves 24,100 people and 19,000 jobs

• 9,900 disadvantaged residents served

• Reduced ridership on Yonge South of Bloor

by 3,900 and WB to SB transfers by 2,800

in AM peak hour relative to GO RER

Option D

Integration Option D

RER 10-Year Service Concept for Kitchener, Lakeshore East, and Stouffville corridors AM Peak Hour, Peak Direction. Eglinton West LRT shown in red.

  • Funded and committed GO RER frequencies in the peak and off-peak
    • 5 to 10 minute peak service
    • 15 minute off-peak service
  • 4 to 5 new stations
    • Locations to be finalized through GO RER new stations analysis and discussions between Metrolinx and the City
    • Stations tested include St. Clair, Liberty Village, Unilever, Gerrard-Carlaw
  • Kitchener and Stouffville through service


SmartTrack Option D

• 29,200 more daily riders than GO RER

• Serves 20,100 people and 12,400 jobs

• 8,000 disadvantaged residents served

• Reduced ridership on Yonge South of Bloor by 3,800

and WB to SB transfers by 2,600 in AM peak hour relative to GO RER

Results of Preliminary Analysis

  • All options provide significant new opportunities to access rail services within the City of Toronto
  • Ridership levels will be driven by many factors including level of service, fare policy, and integration with local service
  • Options A and B require significant incremental infrastructure that leads to increased cost and community impacts; capacity challenges at Union Station are also a factor
  • Option C provides more access within the City of Toronto, slows travel for some long distance trips
  • Option D provides some increased access within the City of Toronto, but has less negative impact on travel times than Option C
  • Metrolinx and the City of Toronto will undertake additional analysis of the options