$859 million project will support Greater Toronto Area rail expansion
WHITBY, Ont.—GO Transit’s new 500,000-square-foot East Rail Maintenance Facility, located east of Toronto, is on schedule to open in 2017.
The project, which represents an $859.2 million investment from the provincial and federal governments, is part of the transit network’s expansion and modernization effort, and will give the transit system more space to maintain, inspect, repair and store its trains. At peak construction, the project is expected to employ 1,000 workers.
“Moving forward with the construction of the East Rail Maintenance Facility is great news for commuters across the GTHA,” Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, said. “This significant project will help ensure we are getting Ontarians where they need to be, while providing strong economic benefits to the area.”
The new Whitby, Ont. facility is scheduled to open in 2017, and will include fueling and washing facilities, as well as provisions for GO’s future electrification. Initial designs for the rail yard will allow it to house 13 trains, while plans include options to expand the facility to a 22-train capacity.