How many stations are there and where will the stations be located?

There will be up to six new Smart Track stations in Toronto on the Kitchener, Lakeshore East and Stouffville GO Corridors. The Smart Track stations are at Finch East, Lawrence East, Gerrard Street East, and East Harbour (Unilever) on the Stouffville/Lakeshore East GO Corridor, and Liberty Village and St. Clair West on the Kitchener GO Corridor.

The 2 GO RER stations are located on the Barrie Corridor. These are the Bloor-Lansdowne and Spadina-Front stations

Where are you at in the process?

The station design and alignments are currently under study by Metrolinx and the planning for these stations is in the early stages. As part of the planning of these stations, City staff with Metrolinx and TTC will be providing opportunity to engage in the planning process in the coming months. The City will post information on this website for feedback when it becomes available.

What is the difference between GO RER and SmartTrack?

SmartTrack is an enhancement on the Metrolinx RER program in the City of Toronto that includes

  1. an integrated fare structure for local TTC and regional transit fares;
  2. up to six new stations in Toronto on the Kitchener, Lakeshore East and Stouffville GO Corridors, and;
  3. 2 new Regional Express Rail (GO RER) Stations on the Barrie GO Corridor.

The stations are at Finch East, Lawrence East, Gerrard, and East Harbour on the Stouffville/Lakeshore East GO Corridor, and Liberty Village and St. Clair West on the Kitchener GO Corridor. The 2 GO RER stations, which are located on the Barrie Corridor, are Bloor-Lansdowne and Spadina-Front.

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.

What is the difference between GO RER and Smart Track West?

SmartTrack West examined the feasibility of a proposed SmartTrack heavy rail corridor from the Mount Dennis Station to the Mississauga Airport Corporate Centre (MACC). 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 should 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.

When will the stations be ready?

The timeline for the building of the stations is subject to funding availability, environmental assessment processes and further planning, engineering, consultation and design. Public consultation for all new stations will be part of the next phase (Initial Design and Environmental Project Report) which will begin later in 2017. The Transit Project Environmental Assessment Process (TPAP) is anticipated to proceed tin 2018. The stations are anticipated to be open in 2024

When did the City decide to build the station in my neighbourhood? Why haven't I heard about it?

In July 2016, City Council approved the SmartTrack/GO RER integration scenario that included the SmartTrack stations. On November 8-9, 2016, City Council approved the 8 new SmartTrack/GO RER station locations and directed staff to work in partnership with the TTC, the Province of Ontario, and Metrolinx to complete the planning and design work and proceed with the formal Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP). The planning for these stations is in the early stages. As part of the planning of these stations, City staff with Metrolinx and TTC will be providing opportunity to engage in the planning process in the coming months.

Will I be able to walk or ride my bicycle to access the station?

Yes, the stations will be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists from both sides of the rail corridor through enhancements to pedestrian and cycling routes. Pedestrian tunnels underneath the rail corridor are proposed for the stations, and at some stations pedestrian and cycling bridges over the rail corridor are proposed. 

Will TTC buses or streetcars stop at the stations?

Yes, City Planning is working with Metrolinx and the TTC to optimize the transfer connection between TTC buses, streetcars, subways, and Smart Track / GO RER platforms. 

Will there be passenger pick-up and drop-off areas?

At this time, the City supports the use of land for improvements to pedestrian, cycling and transit access to the station and does not  genearlly support the use of land for drop-off and pick-up areas. Space for Wheel-Trans will be provided.

Will properties be taken to build the stations?

This has not yet been determined. The station design and alignments are currently under study by Metrolinx. The planning for these stations is in the early stages. As part of the planning of these stations, City staff with Metrolinx and TTC will be providing opportunity to engage in the planning process in the coming months. The City will post information on this website for feedback when it becomes available.

What disruptions should I expect during construction?

It is too early to determine construction impacts.  Details will be released as plans are further developed.