TORONTO — The Ontario government and the City of Toronto have signed a revised Ontario-Toronto Agreement in Principle endorsing the SmartTrack Stations Program, which will see five new stations constructed along existing GO rail corridors.
The announcement, made Aug. 17, means Metrolinx will move forward with the procurement to build four stations located at St. Clair-Old Weston, Finch-Kennedy, King-Liberty and Bloor-Lansdowne, indicates a release, adding the final station, East Harbour, will be delivered through Ontario’s Transit-Oriented Communities Program.
All five stations are expected to be open and operational by 2026.
The new stations will be built as Ontario undertakes the largest transit expansion in Canadian history, including the delivery of Ontario’s four priority subway projects, GO Rail Expansion and new LRT service along Eglinton Avenue and Finch West, adds the release.
“Through this new agreement, we are working alongside the Government of Ontario to deliver SmartTrack stations that will help us get people moving across Toronto. The SmartTrack Stations Program will transform existing rail infrastructure in our city from a regional commuter service into an urban rapid transit network that will greatly benefit our residents and give them more transit options,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory in a statement. “We know that we cannot deliver vital transit projects on our own. By working with the other levels of government we can ensure that we are moving quickly to expand our transit system, relieve congestion, increase transit accessibility and create new economic and employment opportunities for residents.”