Ontario officials advance GO Transit electrification project

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TORONTO — Ontario leaders are taking the next steps in advancing the GO Transit electrification project. Leaders at the province recently announced they have started the project assessment process, which builds upon a series of public consultations and environmental impact studies held in 2016.

Project leaders will now start the process of assessing the environmental impacts and other information related to the project. In tandem with the assessment process, province leaders are also undertaking a feasibility study on the use of hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative technology for electrifying commuter rail trains.

As part of the study, the province will bring together several industry leaders in fuel cell technology for a symposium to explore the potential use of the hydrogen fuel technology.

The Ontario government is undertaking a $21.3-billion transformation of its GO Rail network. The investment is expected to boost rail infrastructure to allow for faster and more frequent commuter rail service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

Ontario is currently on schedule to electrify and expand the rail corridor by 2025. The improvements will increase weekly trips from about 1,500 to 6,000 by the time the line modifications are complete.

The GO Rail Regional Express Rail plan will add all-day, two-way service to the agency’s Barrie Line and other portions of its Kitchener and Stouffville lines. In order to increase service, the agency will fully electrify the Lakeshore East and Barrie lines and portions of its Lakeshore West, Kitchener, and Stouffville lines.

GO Transit operates more than 280 route miles.

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