Project Status Update

Updated: March 14, 2016

Metrolinx is helping to transform the way the region moves by building a seamless, convenience and integrated transit network across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

As part of this project, we are expanding GO Transit to enable 15-minute service on most corridors with electrified trains, which will enable faster and more service. Together, these infrastructure improvements will change how people move around Toronto and the region with four times the current number of GO train trips, service on evenings and weekends,
and twice the number of trips during peak periods.

Next Steps

Since the funding announcement for electrification in April 2015, staff with international expertise in electrification and a technical advisor have been brought on board to support moving forward with the electrification of the system.

Since July 2015, Metrolinx has commenced the pre-consultation phase of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for network electrification. The TPAP is an expedited Environmental Assessment (EA) process involving a pre-consultation phase followed by a regulated 120-day TPAP phase whereby the environmental effects of the project will be analyzed.

To date, this work has involved comprehensive baseline conditions data collection within the project Study Area (see map below) which encompasses six GO rail corridors, including potential locations for the required electrical power supply and distribution facilities:

  • Union Station Rail Corridor
  • Lakeshore West Corridor - Strachan Avenue to Burlington
  • Kitchener Corridor - UP Express Spur to Bramalea
  • Lakeshore East Corridor - Don Yard Layover to Oshawa GO Station
  • Barrie Corridor - Parkdale Junction to Allandale GO Station
  • Stouffville Corridor - Scarborough Junction to Lincolnville GO Station

As part of the pre-consultation phase of the TPAP, Metrolinx held a first round of public meetings throughout February/March 2016.

During this process, public comments and questions were compiled as part of the public record.

Find out more about Metrolinx’s plans for network electrification by downloading the complete presentation from the February/March 2016 public meetings.

Study Area

Questions and/or comments are welcomed by Metrolinx at any time, you can reach the Electrification Project by email at