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Background

In March 2016, an update was provided to City Council on the Metrolinx Regional Express Rail (RER) program. Metrolinx is undertaking an aggressive program, to assess infrastructure requirements to transform the current GO network from a commuter service to all-day frequent service network. Work is already underway to upgrade GO network infrastructure to allow for GO RER. This work includes:

A report will be presented to the Metrolinx Board on June 28, 2016 providing an update on the GO RER program. The following sections highlight areas of ongoing work between the City and Metrolinx with respect to the planning, design and implementation of GO RER in Toronto.

Davenport Diamond Grade Separation – Metrolinx has completed the planning work and TPAP for this grade separation on the Barrie GO Corridor. Notice of Completion: Environmental Project Report – May 26, 2016 . A separate report from the Chief Planner & Executive Director, City Planning has been submitted to the June 28, 2016 Executive Committee providing an update on this process.

A report will be presented to the Metrolinx Board on June 28, 2016 providing an update on the GO RER program. The following sections highlight areas of ongoing work between the City and Metrolinx with respect to the planning, design and implementation of GO RER in Toronto.

Grade Separations

Metrolinx is consulting with the City regarding locations that may be suitable for the conversion of level crossings to grade separations (e.g., road over or under rail). City staff will consider various factors that may justify the conversion of level crossings (e.g., enhancing pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular safety, reducing wait times and congestion at level crossings, and eliminating noise from approaching trains). The City’s perspectives will be combined with operational and other issues that Metrolinx may consider (e.g., the costs of property-taking, utility relocation, property access implications and engineering feasibility) to arrive at a joint ranking of preferred locations. The City will also consider proposals from Metrolinx to share the cost of constructing new grade separations, which is an established practice across the country.

New Stations

In February 2016, City Planning staff provided input to Metrolinx on potential new GO RER stations (2016.EX13.3, Appendix 4). In March 2016, City Council requested Metrolinx to consider including a station in the vicinity of the Woodbine Racetrack and to assess the feasibility of a GO station at Caledonia/St. Clair on the Barrie Corridor15.

Metrolinx has been undertaking a process to evaluate stations across all GO corridors, including stations identified by City Council. The City has submitted inputs to Metrolinx to support the evaluation and to ensure key local city building objectives are included in the Metrolinx’s new stations analysis.

The Metrolinx report to the June 28, 2016 Board meeting contains recommendations on new GO RER stations (including SmartTrack stations; see section 1.2 above). Following decisions from the Metrolinx Board and Province of Ontario, a report to City Council will be prepared on proposed new RER stations, including any provincial terms and conditions attached to each station. Metrolinx is requesting municipalities to confirm funding for new stations by November 30, 2016 in order to be considered in the GO RER 10 year program.

The following new stations are recommended in Toronto:

Recommended New Stations in Toronto- GO RER and SmartTrack

GO CorridorRecommended New Station Location
Barrie1. Spadina (at Front St.)
2. Bloor-Davenport (Bloor St. near Lansdowne Ave.)
Kitchener (SmartTrack)3. Liberty Village (at King St. West)
4. St. Clair West (near Weston Road)
Lakeshore East (SmartTrack)5. Don Yard/Unilever (between Cherry St. and Eastern)
6. Gerrard
Stouffville (SmartTrack)7. Finch (between Kennedy Road and Midland Ave)
8. Lawrence (between Kennedy Road and Midland Ave)

Several stations that were assessed in Toronto are not being recommended by Metrolinx for inclusion in the 10 year GO RER program. These stations include:

  • Ellesmere (Stouffville Corridor)
  • Park Lawn (Lakeshore West Corridor)
  • Clair West (Barrie Corridor)
  • Woodbine, at Highway 27 (Kitchener Corridor)

The City Manager, the Deputy City Manager Cluster B, and the Deputy City Manager Cluster C & Chief Financial Officer, will bring forward recommendations to City Council for consideration on non-SmartTrack stations, including identifying potential contributions to new stations from private interests.

Further information on the recommended SmartTrack stations can be found under SmartTrack Stations.