A balanced and workable
new transportation plan
for the City of Toronto
Since, much of Toronto’s traffic commutes from outside the city, 'Get Toronto Moving' advocates for greater use of the GO train commuter rail system which utilizes existing railway lines. The system should be greatly expanded and run in both directions all day and every 15 to 30 minutes. This is a far more cost-effective way of providing extensive fast rail transit across the Greater Toronto Area than the construction of light rail lines as currently proposed by Metrolinx.
Currently, there are seven GO rail lines with limited service in all directions from Union Station in downtown Toronto, connecting Toronto with Hamilton, Milton and Kitchener in the west, Barrie, Richmond Hill and Stouffville in the north and Oshawa in the east. Additionally, there is the new Union to Pearson Rail link, now under construction, running along the Kitchener GO rail line. These should all be expanded to two-way, all day service running every 15 to 30 minutes on all lines and a new Crosstown GO rail line from The Junction area of West Toronto northeast to Markham and the Pickering Airport via Summerhill Station should be constructed.
This system should be extended with additional new services, utilizing existing railway lines, to provide a continuous two-way all day network which connects Toronto with Niagara in the south, Brantford and Cambridge in the west, Orangeville and Alliston in the northwest, Beaverton and Uxbridge in the northeast and Peterborough and Cobourg in the east. An express route from Union Station to the new Pickering Airport, utilizing the northeastern Gatineau Hydro Corridor, similar to the Union-Pearson link, should also be constructed.
GO trains are the most efficient rapid transit for the Greater Toronto Area. One of these routes can carry as many people as a major expressway.
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