Metrolinx has pulled new GO and SmartTrack from its procurement process and is instead seeking money from development deals to pay for them.
(I agree with axing Lawrence GO station, but not with the others, Liberty, Gerrard, Unilever. Will still be important stations to mitigate overcrowding at Union. Will be important interchanges to the Ontario Line. Liberty GO also is nowhere near the Ontario Line, and an important station for Liberty Village access)It’s also unclear whether all six proposed SmartTrack stations are warranted, now that the province has proposed the Ontario Line and a three-stop Scarborough subway
Asked about whether her government is still seeking private funds to pay for new GO/SmartTrack stations, Mulroney is vague but says there’s more to come on that issue. Tory is clearer, describes federal funding as a backstop if private deals don’t materialize.
Asked how he can be sure all six proposed SmartTrack stations are warranted given Ontario Line and three-stop Scarborough extension, Tory says no one ever tells him government is building too much transit but he suggests further assessment could be required.
Tory says SmartTrack stations could be under construction next year, in service by 2024.
Is there a grade separation planned for at this location?
Federal funding for Smarttrack stations amongst other things
Some comments from the tweets relating to ST:
(I agree with axing Lawrence GO station, but not with the others, Liberty, Gerrard, Unilever. Will still be important stations to mitigate overcrowding at Union. Will be important interchanges to the Ontario Line. Liberty GO also is nowhere near the Ontario Line, and an important station for Liberty Village access)
Its a bad angle. The area is relatively built up being on the outskirts of Toronto proper, with a large commercial area and housing, as well as some mid/high rise development just east called Agincourt North, and more about the same distance to the west called L'Amoreaux.The photo shows a typical location for a proposed Toronto higher-order transit station: more or less rural population and employment density. Lots of trees and no people. I mean, I get it, I really do. We have to build cripplingly expensive high frequency heavy rail to our least densely populated areas now because it’s all about future growth. Which of course means we can’t build cripplingly expensive high frequency heavy rail where there’s already demand, because equity for folks and downtown has enough subways. Thank goodness SmartTrack isn’t actually a real thing.
Considering the GO RER stations wont have platforms long enough for the existing fleet, (half that, 6 car train size) its a mandatory component. Theres no way your train could stop if it wanted to at any GO-RER station.I hope the Stouffville stations don't see any service prior to the introduction of express trains from the existing stations. Our commutes have gotten significantly longer over the years already.