Improving Transit for Commuters and Families in York Region
Ontario-Ontario is moving forward with improvements to the Rutherford GO Station, to create more transit options for commuters and families in York Region.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was at Rutherford GO Station today to announce that the province is moving forward to design, build and finance the Rutherford GO Station project.
The project includes:
- A new multi-level parking structure with 1,200 new spaces
- An integrated station building and pedestrian bridge to the new rail platform
- Re-design of the surface parking, kiss and ride, bus loop and pedestrian access
- Rail/road grade separation on Rutherford Road
- New rail platforms
- A second heavy rail track and provision for future third express centre track.
These station upgrades are part of the largest rail project in Canada as Ontario transforms GO from a commuter transit system to a regional rapid transit system. Weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from about 1,500 to nearly 6,000 by 2024-25, with two-way, all day service to Union Station for commuters getting on at Rutherford GO Station.
Building better transit for commuters and families is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“The station upgrades, including a new parking structure and new parking spaces, help address exactly what local commuters have been asking for at Rutherford GO Station. We are always looking for new ways to provide a better experience for commuters, and we are doing this by investing in the transit and transportation system that they deserve.” – Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation