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Electrification

Metrolinx is building a convenient and integrated transit network which includes electrification. Electrifying GO rail corridors is a multi-year project and we are committed to working with residents across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area throughout the process.

The first step to electrify GO-owned portions of the network is to move forward with the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP). The TPAP will build on previous environmental assessments and public engagement including the 2010 GO Transit Electrification Study, the TPAP for the Union Pearson Express, and the Class Environmental Assessment for Minor Transmission Facilities conducted by Hydro One.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Feasibility Study

Metrolinx is committed to finding the most sustainable solution for electrifying the GO rail network. That's why, in addition to studying the environmental impacts of traditional electrification, Metrolinx is examining the feasibility of another form of electrification - hydrogen powered vehicles. To learn more, click here.

Notice of Completion (October 11, 2017)

The GO Rail Network Electrification Project has formally issued the Notice of Completion for the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the proposed electrification of GO-owned corridors.

We thank everyone for their feedback to date.

The following Environmental Project Report (EPR) viewing location has been added in Mississauga:

Mississauga Central Library
301 Burnhamthorpe Road West
Mississauga, ON L5B 3Y3

Note that this location is in addition to the twelve locations listed on the Notice of Completion.

GO Rail Network Electrification – Environmental Project Report (EPR)

Volume 1 (25.1 MB)
Volume 2 (50.5 MB)
Volume 3 (42.2 MB)
Volume 4 (10.3 MB)
Volume 5 (3.31 MB)
Errata Document (1.69 MB)

Environmental Project Report Appendices

Listed below are the technical reports that are part of the final Environmental Project Report (EPR)

Appendices

Appendix A – Natural Environmental Assessment Report

Appendix A1 Natural Env Baseline Conditions Report (102 MB)
Appendix A2 Natural Env Impact Assessment Report (112 MB)

Appendix B – Preliminary Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Reports

Appendix B - Preliminary ESA Gap Analysis Report (3.39 MB)
Appendix B - Preliminary Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Reports - Traction Power Facilities & Feeder Routes (19 MB)

Appendix C – Cultural Heritage Assessment Report

Appendix C1 Cultural Heritage Screening Report (246 MB)
Appendix C2 Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment Report (120 MB)

Appendix D - Archaeological Assessment Report

Appendix D1 Archaeology Baseline Conditions Report (25.6 MB)
Appendix D2 Stage 1 Archaeology Assessment Report (57 MB)

Appendix E - Land Use & Socio-Economic Assessment Report

Appendix E1 Land Use Socio-Ec Baseline Report (54.8 MB)
Appendix E2 Land Use Socio-Ec Impact Assessment Report (54.2 MB)

Appendix F - Air Quality Assessment Report

F1 - Air Quality Baseline Conditions Report (27.2 MB)
F2 - Air Quality Impact Assessment Report (3.33 MB)

Appendix G – Noise and Vibration Modelling Reports

Appendix G - Noise and Vibration Modelling Report (USRC) (8.21 MB)
Appendix G - Noise and Vibration Modelling Report (LSW) (19.1 MB)
Appendix G - Noise and Vibration Modelling Report (Kitchener) (10.1 MB)
Appendix G - Noise and Vibration Modelling Report (Barrie) (43.4 MB)
Appendix G - Noise and Vibration Modelling Report (Stouffville) (85.5 MB)
Appendix G - Noise and Vibration Modelling Report (LSE) (27.8 MB)

Appendix H – Visual Assessment Report

Appendix H1 Visual Baseline Report (309 MB)
Appendix H2 Visual Impact Assessment Report (341 MB)

Appendix I – Utilities Report

Appendix I1 Utilities Baseline Conditions Report (185 MB)
Appendix I2 Utilities Impact Assessment Report (339 MB)

Appendix J – Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Fields (EMI/EMF) Report

J1 - EMI EMF Baseline Conditions Report (9.06 MB)
J2 - EMI EMF Impact Assessment Report (51.6 MB)

Appendix K – PreliminaryStorm Water Management Report (Traction Power Facility Sites)

Appendix K SWM Assessment Report (548 MB)

Appendix L – Consultation Record

Appendix L1 - Master Contact List (1.12 MB)
Appendix L2 - Public Notices and Newspaper Ads (88.3 MB)
Appendix L3 - Stakeholder Notification & Correspondence (23.1 MB)
Appendix L4 - Public Meeting Summary Report 1 (276 MB)
Appendix L5 - Public Meeting Summary Report 2 (108 MB)
Appendix L6 - Public Meeting Summary Report 3 (60.6 MB)
Appendix L7 - Public Correspondence (53.5 MB)
Appendix L8 - Aboriginal Correspondence (102 MB)
Appendix L9 - Municipal Correspondence (280 MB)
Appendix L10 - Agency Correspondence (146 MB)
Appendix L11 - Other Stakeholder Correspondence (47.2 MB)

Appendix M – Cultural Heritage Reports

Appendix M - 8000 Dixie Road (BramaleaPS) CHER (4.21 MB)
Appendix M - Birchmount Overpass CHER (5.16 MB)
Appendix M - Carlaw Avenue Subway CHER (12.4 MB)
Appendix M - Credit River Bridge CHER (4.81 MB)
Appendix M - Danforth Avenue Subway CHER (3.28 MB)
Appendix M - Don River Bridge CHER (3.32 MB)
Appendix M - Drury Lane CHER (10 MB)
Appendix M - Dundas Bridge CHER (6.18 MB)
Appendix M - Eastern Avenue Subway CHER (7.99 MB)
Appendix M - Etobicoke Creek Bridge CHER (20.7 MB)
Appendix M - Gardiner Expressway Overhead CHER (7.15 MB)
Appendix M - Gerrard Street East Subway CHER (14.2 MB)
Appendix M - Holland River Bridge CHER (4.15 MB)
Appendix M - Humber River Bridge (LSW) CHER (5.95 MB)
Appendix M - Innes Ave Bridge CHER (5.8 MB)
Appendix M - Islington Bridge CHER (4.44 MB)
Appendix M - Maple GO Station CHER (4.21 MB)
Appendix M - Markham GO Station CHER (4.46 MB)
Appendix M - Newmarket GO CHER (6.24 MB)
Appendix M - Oakville Bridges CHER (12.2 MB)
Appendix M - Pape Avenue Bridge CHER (3.32 MB)
Appendix M - Sunnyside Ped Bridge CHER (7.59 MB)
Appendix M - Topiary Signs CHER (5.24 MB)
Appendix M - Willowbrook CHER (6.33 MB)
Appendix M - Aurora GO Station HIA (2.19 MB)
Appendix M - Credit River Bridge HIA (3.36 MB)
Appendix M - Union Station HIA (8.57 MB)
Appendix M - Aurora GO Station SCHV (1.65 MB)
Appendix M - Bronte Creek Bridge SCHV (275 KB)
Appendix M - Carlaw Subway SCHV (342 KB)
Appendix M - Credit River Bridge SCHV (302 KB)
Appendix M - Gerrard Subway SCHV (329 KB)
Appendix M - Highland Creek Bridge (LSE) SCHV (431 KB)
Appendix M - Humber River Bridge (LSW) SCHV (318 KB)
Appendix M - Islington Avenue Bridge SCHV (325 KB)
Appendix M - Maple GO Station SCHV (263 KB)
Appendix M - Markham GO Station SCHV (305 KB)
Appendix M - Newmarket GO SCHV (270 KB)
Appendix M - Sixteen Mile Creek Bridge SCHV (356 KB)
Appendix M - Union Station SCHV (229 KB)

Appendix N – Concept Electrification Corridor Plans

Appendix N - Conceptual Electrification Corridor Plans (USRC) (1.68 MB)
Appendix N - Conceptual Electrification Corridor Plans (LSW) (19.9 MB)
Appendix N - Conceptual Electrification Corridor Plans (Kitchener) (2.97 MB)
Appendix N - Conceptual Electrification Corridor Plans (Barrie) (41 MB)
Appendix N - Conceptual Electrification Corridor Plans (Stouffville) (18.3 MB)
Appendix N - Conceptual Electrification Corridor Plans (LSE) (18.8 MB)

Appendix O – Conceptual Traction Power Facility Plans

Conceptual Traction Power Facility Plans (9.91 MB)

Appendix P – P1: Mapping of Ecological Land Classification Areas and P2: Mapping of Terrestrial and Aquatic Features

Appendix P1 - Mapping of Ecological Land Classification Areas (USRC) (9.04 MB)
Appendix P1 - Mapping of Ecological Land Classification Areas (LSW) (18.9 MB)
Appendix P1 - Mapping of Ecological Land Classification Areas (Kitchener) (17.8 MB)
Appendix P1 - Mapping of Ecological Land Classification Areas (Barrie) (38.5 MB)
Appendix P1 - Mapping of Ecological Land Classification Areas (Stouffville) (15.6 MB)
Appendix P1 - Mapping of Ecological Land Classification Areas (LSE) (17.7 MB)
Appendix P2 - Mapping of Terrestrial and Aquatic Features (USRC) (1.15 MB)
Appendix P2 - Mapping of Terrestrial and Aquatic Features (LSW) (8.29 MB)
Appendix P2 - Mapping of Terrestrial and Aquatic Features (Kitchener) (1.61 MB)
Appendix P2 - Mapping of Terrestrial and Aquatic Features (Barrie) (16.4 MB)
Appendix P2 Mapping of Terrestrial and Aquatic Features (Stouffville) (10.5 MB)
Appendix P2 Mapping of Terrestrial and Aquatic Features (LSE) (12.2 MB)

Appendix Q - Mapping of Identified Cultural Heritage Resources

Appendix Q Mapping of Cultural Heritage Resources (35 MB)

Appendix R – Mapping of Land Use Designations

Appendix R - Mapping of Land Use Designations (USRC) (1.38 MB)
Appendix R - Mapping of Land Use Designations (LSW) (8.86 MB)
Appendix R - Mapping of Land Use Designations (Kitchener) (1.5 MB)
Appendix R - Mapping of Land Use Designations (Barrie) (14.6 MB)
Appendix R - Mapping of Land Use Designations (Stouffville) (7.51 MB)
Appendix R - Mapping of Land Use Designations (LSE) (7.79 MB)

Appendix S – Mapping of Noise/Vibration Receptors and Recommended Locations for Mitigation

Appendix S - Mapping of Receptors and Recommended Locations for Noise and Vibration Mitigation (USRC) (1.47 MB)
Appendix S - Mapping of Receptors and Recommended Locations for Noise and Vibration Mitigation (LSW) (17.6 MB)
Appendix S - Mapping of Receptors and Recommended Locations for Noise and Vibration Mitigation (Kitchener) (2.52 MB)
Appendix S - Mapping of Receptors and Recommended Locations for Noise and Vibration Mitigation (Barrie) (35.4 MB)
Appendix S - Mapping of Receptors and Recommended Locations for Noise and Vibration Mitigation (Stouffville) (21.4 MB) Appendix S - Mapping of Receptors and Recommended Locations for Noise and Vibration Mitigation (LSE) (16.1 MB)

Appendix T – Mapping of Viewsheds and Potential Visual Impact Areas

Appendix T – Mapping of Viewsheds and Potential Visual Impact Areas (297 MB)

Appendix U – List of Technical Reports and Studies Reviewed

Appendix U – List of Technical Reports and Studies Reviewed (263 KB)

Appendix V – Groundwater Assessment Report

Appendix V - Groundwater Assessment Report (72.3 MB)

GO Rail Network Electrification TPAP Notice of Commencement (June 14, 2017)

Public Consultation

As part of our commitment to continued community engagement, we wanted to thank all of you who were able to join us during at the public meetings.

Below are details of the meetings along with meeting summaries:

Public Meeting #3 – June/July 2017

Agenda/Feedback Form
Presentation
Integrated Feedback Summary Report
Story Boards
Electrification EA Update

Public Meeting #3 Details
Monday, June 26, 2017

Clarke Memorial Hall
161 Lakeshore Road West
Mississauga, ON 
L5H 1G3

Story Boards
Roll Plan (LSW)
Roll Plan (Kitchener)
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ajax Community Centre
75 Centennial Road
Ajax, ON
L1S 4S4

Story Boards (LSE)
Story Boards (Stouffville)
Roll Plan (LSE)
Roll Plan (Stouffville)
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Metro Hall
55 John Street
Toronto, ON
M5V 3C6

Story Boards
Roll Plan
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Newmarket Community Centre
200 Doug Duncan Drive
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 3Y9

Story Boards
Roll Plan

Public Meeting #2 – November 2016

Public Meeting Notice
Integrated Feedback Summary Report

Public Meeting #2 Details
Monday, November 7 Wednesday, November 9 Monday, November 14 Tuesday, November 15
Hope United Church
255 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON 
M4C 1L2
Meeting Summary
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South Building)
222 Bremner Boulevard
Toronto, ON
M5V 3L9
Meeting Summary
Bramalea Secondary School
510 Balmoral Drive
Brampton, ON
L6T 1W4
Meeting Summary
Loretto College School
151 Rosemount Avenue
Toronto, ON
M6H 2N1
Meeting Summary
       
Wednesday, November 16 Thursday, November 17 Thursday, November 17 Monday, November 21
Riverdale Collegiate Institute
1094 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON
M4M 2A1
Meeting Summary
Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute
3663 Danforth Avenue
Scarborough, ON
M1N 2G2
Meeting Summary
Cornell Community Centre
3201 Bur Oak Avenue
Markham, ON L6B 0T2
Meeting Summary
Innisdale Secondary School
95 Little Avenue
Barrie, ON
L4N 2Z4
Meeting Summary
       
Tuesday, November 22 Wednesday, November 23 Thursday, November 24 Monday, November 28
Sacred Heart Catholic High School
908 Lemar Road
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 1R9
Meeting Summary
Cardinal Carter Catholic High School
210 Bloomington Road
Aurora, ON
L4G 0P9
Meeting Summary
Vellore Village Community Centre
1 Villa Royale Avenue
Woodbridge, ON
L4H 2Z7
Meeting Summary
Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary
School

959 Midland Avenue
Scarborough, ON
M1K 4G4
Meeting Summary
       
Tuesday, November 29      
First United Church
151 Lakeshore Road West
Mississauga, ON
L5H 1G3
Meeting Summary
     

Public Meeting #1 - February/March 2016

Presentation
Meeting Summary Report

Background Information

Introduction to Electrification
Electrification TPAP
What is involved in Electrification?

2011-2014: Union Pearson Express Environmental Assessment

A Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for the Union Pearson (UP) Express was completed in December 2014, and a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Minor Transmission was completed by Hydro One in February 2015.

Environmental Project Report

On April 1, 2014, Metrolinx issued a Notice of Completion for the UP Express Electrification Environmental Project Report (EPR). The EPR was made available for a 30-day public review and comment period. Following this review period, all submitted comments were reviewed by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) as part of their 35-day review. The Minister of the Environment did not issue a notice under subsection 12(1) of the Transit Regulation within the time period set out in the regulation. Therefore, Metrolinx submitted a Statement of Completion to the MOE to complete the Transit Project Assessment Process.

On February 13, 2015, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change advised that after review of the Part II Order request received on the UP Express Traction Power Substation Class EA (by Hydro One), an Individual Environmental Assessment is not required. As a result, the TPAP and Class EA processes were deemed complete.

To view the Environmental Project Report, please click the links below:

Executive Summary
EPR Table of Contents and Glossary
EPR Chapter 1 – Introduction
EPR Chapter 2 – Assessment of Facility Locations
EPR Chapter 3 – Scope of the Project
EPR Chapter 4 – Baseline Conditions
EPR Chapter 5 – Detailed Project Description
EPR Chapter 6 – Impact Assessment & Monitoring
EPR Chapter 7 – Commitments & Future Work
EPR Chapter 8 – Consultation
EPR Chapter 9 – Approvals and Permits

EPR Appendices

Appendix A - Natural Environment Assessment Report
Appendix B - Land Use Assessment Report
Appendix C - Cultural Heritage Assessment Report
Appendix D - Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment Report
Appendix E - Air Quality Assessment Report
Appendix F - Noise and Vibration Assessment Report
Appendix G - Visual Impact Assessment Report
Appendix H - Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Report
Appendix I - Traffic Report
Appendix J - Consultation Record
Appendix K - Utilities Report
Appendix L - Maintenance Facility Conceptual Design Report

2009-2011: GO Transit Electrification Study

On May 26, 2009, Metrolinx announced that it would be undertaking a one-year study on the feasibility of electrification of the entire GO rail system. In comparison to other similar studies, this study was unique as it examined the entire GO rail system. It was comprehensive in its approach and addressed the impact of different technologies at a high level of detail. The Study considered the economic, social, environmental, health, and technological factors for current and future diesel and electric technologies. The study was completed in December 2010.

On January 19, 2011, Metrolinx released the findings of its comprehensive study on the electrification of the entire GO Transit rail system and the future UP Express, as a future alternative to Tier-4 diesel trains.

After a careful review of the findings, the staff recommended to the Metrolinx Board of Directors to proceed with the electrification of the GO Kitchener and Lakeshore corridors in phases, beginning with the UP Express on the Kitchener corridor. At its Board meeting on January 26, 2011, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved the staff recommendation, subject to provincial funding. The Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Transportation, has funded the environmental assessment for Phase 1: the Air Rail Link from Union Station to Pearson Airport as a first step toward electrification.

Download the E-Study Final Report

E-Study Final Report Appendices:

1 High Level Decision Making Framework
2 Stakeholder Engagement and Communications
3 Baseline/Reference Case
4 Rolling Stock Technology Assessment
5 Operating Plan for the Reference Case
6 Electrification Systems Technology Assessment
7 Conceptual Design of Electrification System
8A Approach to Cost Benefit Analysis
8B Incremental Capital Cost Estimates
8C Incremental Operations and Maintenance Cost Estimates
8D Air Quality & Health Impacts
8E Noise & Vibration Impacts
8F Natural Environmental Impacts
8G Social/Community Impacts
8H Economic Impacts
8I Population and Community Use Analysis
8J Risk Assessment
9 Multiple Category Evaluation - Findings and Conclusions
10 Implementation of Electrification Options

If you are interested in previously-posted reference documents and can no longer locate them on the Electrification microsite, please contact us to obtain a copy at electrification@metrolinx.com