Another step to get two-way, all-day GO service in Kitchener.
On Friday, the provincial government and Metrolinx presented the preliminary design business case, which highlights the benefits of the service.
The announcement was made by Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, along with local MPPs.
Highlights of the business case include significant travel time savings for riders with train service every 15 minutes on core segments. They also estimate 39,000 jobs and 54,000 residents living within approximately 10 minutes walking distance from a station with two-way, all-day service.
The Toronto-Waterloo Innovation corridor was also highlighted, saying the innovation technology hub could experience growth of 170,000 jobs.
"Our government is taking action to deliver significant advancements to GO service between Toronto and Kitchener that will bring more trips at every point along the line," Mulroney said during Friday morning's virtual news conference. "This project will help build fast, frequent and reliable transit that will better support families and businesses along the entire corridor."
In addition to releasing the business case, Metrolinx has issued an RFQ (request for qualifications) to move ahead with procurement for improved infrastructure between Georgetown and Kitchener. The work includes track upgrades that will allow for higher speed trains.
"Today's announcement is a giant leap forward by the province. We're thrilled by the government’s deep commitment to making two-way, all-day GO a reality by 2025, unlocking the potential to deliver over 170,000 new jobs, billions in new direct investment, a significant reduction in congestion-related greenhouse gases and a tangible improvement in quality of life of the millions of Ontarians who call the Innovation Corridor home." Ian McLean, president and CEO of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo and chair of Connect The Corridor Coalition, said in a news release.