TORONTO — Ontario has announced improvements to the Union Station GO rail corridor that will include an upgrade and expansion of the Don Yard facility to provide additional train storage and train servicing capabilities close to the station.
The Nov. 24 announcement said the improvements will allow Metrolinx to better meet future growth and demand for GO and UP Express service, while reducing fuel consumption and costs.
This project supports Ontario’s GO Regional Express Rail (RER) plan, said the Metrolinx media statement. GO RER will increase the number of weekly trips across the network from about 1,500 to nearly 6,000 over 10 years.
The cost estimate of the improvements to the Don Yard is $17.1 million. The project includes modifying existing tracks and creating three new storage tracks, 300 metres of new concrete retaining walls, a substation upgrade and compressed air systems that will reduce train noise and allow trains to shut down during layover periods.
In three years these new tracks will become mainline tracks as part of the RER expansion. They are designed to meet mainline standards, said Metrolinx.