There will be up to six new SmartTrack stations in Toronto on the Kitchener, Lakeshore East and Stouffville GO Corridors. The SmartTrack 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 two GO Expansion stations are located on the Barrie Corridor. These are the Bloor-Lansdowne and Spadina-Front stations.
In April 2018, Toronto City Council approved funding toward the procurement and construction of the SmartTrack Stations Program, with stations anticipated to be complete by 2025. In late 2018, Metrolinx announced a new market-driven, transit oriented development approach for SmartTrack and GO stations. This change has paused the procurement process for the design and construction of the SmartTrack stations, while Metrolinx explores opportunities for third party development related to these stations. Additional information will be provided once available.
SmartTrack is an enhancement on the Metrolinx GO Expansion program in the City of Toronto that includes
- an integrated fare structure for local TTC and regional transit fares;
- up to six new stations in Toronto on the Kitchener, Lakeshore East and Stouffville GO Corridors, and;
- 2 new Regional Express Rail (GO RER) Stations on the Barrie GO Corridor.
The six SmartTrack 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 two GO Expansion stations, which are located on the Barrie Corridor, are Bloor-Lansdowne and Spadina-Front.
GO Expansion, previously known as 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.
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.
In April 2018, Toronto City Council approved a funding contribution of $1.463 billion towards the delivery of six new stations within the city, anticipated to be open in 2024, as part of the SmartTrack Stations Program. Notice to Proceed was issued by the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks in September and October 2018 respectively for the SmartTrack and GO Expansion stations. The City of Toronto and Metrolinx subsequently issued a Statement of Completion of the Transit Project Assessment Project. In late 2018, Metrolinx announced a new market-driven, transit oriented development approach. The City is currently reviewing this new approach, and continues to work with the Province and Metrolinx to advance transit in the city.
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 provided opportunities to engage in public consultation. In April 2018, Toronto City Council approved a funding contribution towards the delivery of six new SmartTrack stations within the city.
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.
Yes, City Planning is working with Metrolinx and the TTC to optimize the transfer connection between TTC buses, streetcars, subways, and SmartTrack / GO platforms.
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.
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.
It is too early to determine construction impacts. Details will be released as plans are further developed.