GO Transit has completed the Environmental Study Report for this project in July, which involves studying the infrastructure needed to twin the tracks from Scarborough Junction to Unionville GO station to allow all-day two-way service.
Transport Action Ontario has been following this two-year study closely. We commented in January, expressing concerns about the narrow scope of the study, which should have also included components related to Regional Rapid Rail, such as electrification and infill stations.
Our most recent comments reiterated these earlier concerns. We noted that this corridor is part of the Province’s Regional Express Rail plan and a key component of Toronto mayoral candidate John Tory’s Smart Track plan. All signs therefore point to this line being a high priority candidate for electrification and frequent service. We urged prompt amendment of the Environmental Study to incorporate these points.
We also made comments on the need for bridge clearances to be compatible with electrification, and the need to consider infrastructure so that train whistle cessation can be achieved.
The full submission to GO can be viewed here: TAO-GOStouffvilleEA-2014-09