The Ontario government plans to bring full-day, two-way GO Train service between Waterloo Region and the Greater Toronto Area, connecting the province’s two most active startup hubs.
Talks of an “express” service means passengers could save up to 30 minutes per trip, according to Premier Kathleen Wynne, who added that, as estimated in a City and Region of Waterloo report, the GO Train investment would create more than 33,000 net new jobs. Further, the increased service could add 1,000 additional daily passengers.
“We are committed to improving connectivity between Waterloo Region and the GTA,” said Wynne. “We know that we need to make smart investments in modern infrastructure in order for every region across the province to prosper and reach its full economic potential.”
Other future improvements to the GO Train include more trips, including two additional morning and afternoon peak period trips; upgrades to the rail corridor leading to faster travel times; and the building of a new train layover facility.
“Our improvements to GO Transit support our commitment to offer commuters full-day, two-way GO train service,” added Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure. “Our unprecedented public transit investments are making transit a better choice for commuters, reducing congestion on our roads and contributing to a better quality of life for Ontario families.”
“I’m proud to be part of a government that is expanding GO Train service between Kitchener and the GTA,” said John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener Centre. “This will greatly enhance economic activity in our region, reduce commute times for families, and create new jobs.”