What is the difference between GO RER and SmartTrack?

GO Regional Express Rail (GO RER) Is part of a 10-year Regional Express Rail program (RER) by Metrolinx that promises more frequent, two-way, all-day service to a vast expanse of the GO rail network, with electrified service in core sections. Every area will see improvements, whether through more two-way, all-day service, or more rush-hour train trips by expanding and electrifying the GO rail network has the potential to greatly enhance the quality of life for GTHA residents.

SmartTrack is an enhancement on the Metrolinx RER program that includes an integrated fare structure up to six new stations on Kitchener, Lakeshore East and Stouffville GO Corridors.

What is the difference between SmartTrack and SmartTrack West?

SmartTrack is the planned integration of transit services within Toronto, enabling GO corridors to provide new transit capacity for trips to, from and within the City of Toronto currently focusing on the Kitchener GO corridor and the Stouffville/Lakeshore East GO corridor. SmartTrack West examined the feasibility of a proposed SmartTrack heavy rail corridor from the Mount Dennis Station to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre.

Given the comparatively low ridership projections, and the high cost and community impact of heavy rail on the proposed western connection from Mount Dennis to the MACC, City Council decided that the heavy rail options for the Western corridor of SmartTrack not be pursued.

Instead it was decided that the Eglinton West LRT should be advanced for further study. The Eglinton West LRT is the 11km westerly extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Mount Dennis to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre and beyond to Toronto Pearson. Find out more about the Eglinton West LRT

What will be the fare on SmartTrack?

The final fare has not been determined at this stage of the process and discussions with Metrolinx are ongoing. For SmartTrack to be successful it must be well integrated into Toronto’s transit network. This includes an integrated fare that makes the cost comparable to Toronto’s transit fares.

How will SmartTrack impact the Relief Line?

SmartTrack and the Relief Line provide complementary services. The crowding on the Yonge Subway results from two different flows of passengers: those coming from further north on the line, and those transferring from the Bloor-Danforth line at Bloor-Yonge station. Modelling results indicate that SmartTrack does more to mitigate the crowding which results from the passengers coming from further north, while the first phase of the Relief Line does more to mitigate the transfers from the Bloor-Danforth line. Together, SmartTrack and the Relief Line mitigate crowding on the Yonge Subway more than either line does on its own.