Metrolinx — the crown agency which has taken up the responsibility of improving and expanding the transportation system of the GTA — is now in the middle of carrying out a transit overhaul of almost 30 billion dollars. When finished, the bold attempt will by 2025 quadruple almost 1,500 GO Train trips which are weekly— supported by electrification on large-scale present passenger train routes which run on diesel. Due to its rail service in southern Ontario for all day in 15 minutes interval, has resulted in the quick completion of many local light-rail projects, in which the famous Eglington Crosstown LRT is also included.
In the coming years, Metrolinx has planned to increase its service by 25% annually. This would help the agency in keeping up the momentum and bringing out the best and quick result. While travelers of Toronto are all familiarized to Union Station existing in a perpetual building state, renewal of projects planned to triple the capacity have slowly proved to be beneficial. When it comes to taking construction projects on historic buildings, the recent incarnation of 1927 was quite a challenge as the working of the station has been at its full capability during its 10-year long project.
Expanding the infrastructure platform is their solution to service enlargement plans. These plans include wider, raised and flushed platforms with practiced doorways and getting rid of the standard gridlock bottleneck along with diesel traction engines which favor electric locomotives. To meet the aim of full-day service for every 15 minutes, Metrolinx’s Development officer came with the proposal of enabling all trains to be electrically powered as these trains can speed up and slow down faster than the diesel trains.
However, this idea was not exactly new to Metrolinx. When the design was initialized in the middle 1970s, the present GO Transit double-decker coaches were programmed with the thought of running the GO Trains on electricity. But, that possibility was never revealed for GO until another company placed an order of $900-million for 113 bi-level passenger electric multiple units (EMU) cars. Metrolinx is now going to issue an RFP (Request for Proposal) on running the GO Train on electricity. UP Express stumbled in its starting years due to high fares and tepid curiosity but it has slowly and steadily found its way in the regional transportation landscape by improving its ridership in the year 2018.
Not only the fare has been reduced from $27.50 to as low as $12 but also there has been an increase in the number of passengers between the Union and Weston GO and Bloor stations. The massive 19 kilometres long, $5.3 billion project of the Eglington Crosstown LRT has gone through a lot of crest and trough in 2018. Since this is a residential place and its streets are also busy throughout the day, it becomes difficult for both the residents and the workers to carry on with the task. Taking into account all these factors, the project is expected to be completed by the year 2021 which is a year later than the earlier projected timeline. Metrolinx’s efforts to revamp and boost transit infrastructure in Ontario and much of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) will naturally improve connectivity, convenience of citizens and lower commuting times. This will naturally spur demand for quality real estate near key transit hubs and stations.