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Canada commits to funding GO regional rail
The government of Canada will provide C$1.8 billion (US$1.35 billion) to the GO Transit Regional Express rail (GO RER) project in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.
UofT/Metrolinx study identifies diesel exhaust hazards
A study on commuter train diesel exhaust and its potential effects on passengers conducted by two chemical engineering professors at the University of Toronto with support from Metrolinx indirectly makes…
Toronto's Metrolinx orders 125 double-deck coaches
Toronto and Hamilton transport authority Metrolinx has purchased an additional 125 Bombardier double-deck coaches for the the Go Transit commuter rail network in a deal worth $C 428 million ($US…
Ontario expansion update
Ontario, Canada, is undergoing unprecedented growth in all forms of passenger rail. GO Transit is undertaking long-term expansion plans, and in Ottawa, the city’s first LRT is under construction. GO…
Metrolinx sets Toronto RER options
GTA (Greater Toronto Area) region public transportation agency Metrolinx outlined the four options being considered for the core of the Toronto Regional Express Rail (RER) network at a board meeting…
First MP54AC testing on GO Transit
GO Transit’s first MP54AC Tier 4-compliant diesel-electric locomotive from the MotivePower Inc. (MPI) Division of Wabtec has been delivered and underwent testing on the weekend of Dec. 12-13, 2015. No.…
Guelph Subdivision upgraded to CTC
VIA Rail on Nov. 14, 2015, commissioned CTC (centralized traffic control) on its entire North Mainline (Guelph Subdivision) between Georgetown and London, Ontario.
GO Transit gets a facelift
Up until now, GO Transit’s Bombardier Transportation BiLevel cab cars have been identical in appearance to their companion trailer coaches, giving the appearance that the train is travelling “backwards” when…
Financial closure reached on Eglinton Crosstown LRT project
Crosslinx Transit Solutions General Partnership, a consortium comprised of Aecon Group Inc., ACS Infrastructure Canada, EllisDon, and SNC-Lavalin, announced July 24, 2015 that it has reached commercial and financial close…
GO Transit’s new Hamilton station opens
Hamilton, Ont., located at the western end of Lake Ontario some 40 miles beyond Toronto, has received its second GO Transit station, named West Harbour.
Toronto’s train to the plane
Toronto, Canada’s largest city, joined the ranks of those with air-rail links when the 215.5-mile Union Pearson Express train service began public operation on Saturday, June 6, 2015.
Ontario details GO Transit electrification plan
The Minister of Transportation of the Province of Ontario recently outlined plans for the electrification of certain GO Transit regional rail lines, including an implementation schedule.
Ontario Province to fund entire Hurontario LRT
Canada’s Ontario Province will be covering the entire cost of a 14.2-mile, $1.6 billion light rail line connecting the Port Credit (Mississauga) and Brampton GO Transit regional/commuter rail stations, Transportation…
Ontario on the move
Ontario’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GHTA) has entered into a new growth phase, thanks to funding availability, and political leadership that seems to recognize the importance of mobility that’s…
Union Pearson Express electrification gets nudge
Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray has ruled no environmental assessment will be needed to electrify the Union Pearson Express (UPX) route linking Toronto's Union Station and Lester B. Pearson International…
Metrolinx RFI eyes EMU and locomotive options
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area agency Metrolinx has issued a Request for Information (RFI) spanning a range of propulsion options for future GO Transit equipment, including electric multiple-units (EMUs), electric…
CN sells Georgetown-Kitchener line segment to Metrolinx
Metrolinx, the Province of Ontario’s regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), is purchasing the 33-mile Georgetown-Kitchener segment of CN’s Guelph Subdivision.
GO Transit eyes Kitchener layover site
Ontario's provincial government seeks to construct a multimodal storage facility for GO Transit buses and trains, in Kitchener, Ontario, with Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area transit agency Metrolinx soliciting design…
GO Transit electrification likely a slow go
Plans to electrify the GO Transit regional rail network, previously pegged as a 10-year, C$1.8 billion endeavor, may prove problematic, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig has acknowledged.
Canada goes the distance(s)
AMT, GO Transit, West Coast Express, and VIA Rail Canada anchor the nation’s passenger rail network. Each faces fiscal challenges.
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