The Canadian governments of Ontario and the city of Toronto have signed an amended policy agreement for the SmartTrack Stations program.
The Ontario-Toronto agreement in principle marks the beginning of the construction of five new stations along the current GO rail corridors.
The program, which is a collaboration between the province of Ontario, the city of Toronto and the Metrolinx, aims to provide more frequent high-speed transit services to the citizens of Toronto.
Metrolinx will now begin procurement for the construction of four stations located at St Clair-Old Weston, Finch-Kennedy, King-Liberty and Bloor-Lansdowne.
The fifth station, East Harbor, will be built through Ontario’s Transit-Oriented Communities Program.
All of these stations are expected to be completed in 2026.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said: “Through this new agreement, we are working with the Government of Ontario to provide SmartTrack stations that will help us get people moving across Toronto.
“The SmartTrack Stations program will transform existing rail infrastructure in our city from a regional shuttle service to a city transport network that will greatly benefit our residents and provide them with more transit options.”
Apart from these SmartTrack stations, Ontario is also involved in the delivery of four priority metro projects, GO Rail Expansion and new Light Rail Transit (LRT) service along Eglinton Avenue and Finch West.
These infrastructure projects are expected to offer reliable and convenient route options for commuters to travel for a shorter duration.
Upon completion of the GO Rail Expansion, the SmartTrack Stations Program will offer two-way service throughout the day with faster trains arriving every 15 minutes.
By 2041, these new stations are expected to handle nearly 24,000 boardings and transfers during the average weekday during rush hour.
The program will utilize about 40 km of current GO rail corridors that stretch through the city of Toronto.
GO railway corridors are connected by four existing or planned metro lines, LRT services and nine local transit services.
In June, the Ontario government began construction work on the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension project to provide reliable and improved transit.