How nice. Where the 30 minutes for the Lakeshore line
Published On Tue May 17 2011
Tess Kalinowski Transportation Reporter
A new station at the north end of the Richmond Hill GO line is expected to ease traffic in the area and attract about 1,000 new transit riders when it opens in early 2013.
GO officials project the current 10,000 daily ridership on the line will double in the next decade. The existing terminus in Richmond Hill is already at capacity.
The Gormley station construction is being combined with a new layover facility about 6 miles north near Bethesda that will also improve reliability on GO's shortest line, said GO president Gary McNeil.
Currently trains have to travel from GO's Willowbrook yard in Mimico to serve Richmond Hill riders.
The four southbound morning trains and five northbound afternoon runs also stop at Langstaff, Old Cummer and Oriole.
It's not clear when more commuter service will be available but the new station and layover are "the first step in all-day, two-way GO service," said Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow.
"It will get people off the (Highway) 404," he said, adding that Richmond Hill is a throughway for commuters north of the town.
Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne, who grew up in Richmond Hill, told residents and reporters gathered near the train tracks on Tuesday that the community's culture hasn't traditionally been transit oriented. But that is changing with improvements such as the $97 million station and layover that will accommodate six trains.
"People are not going to get out of their cars unless it is more convenient to do so," she said.
Eventually GO wants to extend the line further north to Aurora but McNeil said that's probably still a decade out.