GO Transit looks to electrify commuter lines

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TORONTO — Ontario is looking to spend $21.3 billion to electrify GO Transit’s commuter rail network. Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca visited the GO Transit Willowbrook Facility on Thursday to announce that the province has commenced the GO Rail Network Electrification Transit Project Assessment Process.

“Electrified service will allow us to run faster, more frequent rail service across core sections of the GO rail network, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by removing diesel service where possible,” Del Duca says. “Electrification is an important step forward for regional rail in Ontario. It is critical that we get it right.”

The province is considering using fuel cells to power the electrification. This fall the province will bring together industry leaders in fuel cell technology for a symposium to explore the potential application of hydrogen fuel cell technology to electrify the GO rail network.

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