TORONTO — Metrolinx has announced it will no longer pursue planning and design work for a GO Transit layover facility originally planned for the Don Valley.
A statement issued March 1 did not mention community opposition to the Don Valley site, organized by a group that billed itself as Don’t Mess with the Don.
The new proposed location is on the Richmond Hill GO Line, near York Mills Road and Leslie Street, in a light industrial area.
The new location is within the required proximity to Union station to accommodate train movements, has available space for the facility and minimizes service impacts on GO operations, stated Metrolinx. The location is said to also meet TRCA flood requirements and has less community and environmental impacts.
The next step in developing the layover site will be engagement with Indigenous nations and others to finalize the design, property requirements, schedule and operations for the On-Corridor Works project.
To enable rail service increases during design and construction of the new layover, the Rosedale Siding, located between Bayview Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway, will be used temporarily to stage GO trains during the day.