Improving the reliability and convenience of public transit is critical for a healthy economy and sustainable future. That’s exactly what the Government of Ontario is doing, as it announced that 43 GO transit stations are planned for upgrades.
The upgrades will include
- Enhanced platform edges
- Digital signage to display service information
- New fare services
- Modifications to improve station access
- Elevator improvements
- Secure bicycle facilities
- Electric vehicle charging stations
These upgrades will support the Regional Express Rail Plan, which is the $13.5 billion initiative to expand service. The Plan will quadruple weekly train trips from 1,500 to 6,000 by 2025 and electrify GO Rail lines.
Oakville GO Station will benefit as it is the busiest station in the GO transit network outside Union Station. That is partly why the new GO Transit Control Centre is being built in Oakville, right by the GO Station multi-level parking garage.
The commuter experience is currently not what it could be. Many people still choose to drive when transit options are available. But availability doesn’t mean much when convenience is lower and timing is longer. These upgrades will help to improve the commuter experience so that congestion and GHG emissions can be reduced.
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