Rouge Hill GO train station, managed by Metrolinx, serves Centennial and surrounding communities.
Metrolinx GO Service Expansion
By Gerry Divaris
It certainly looks like 2017 and 2018 are going to be busy as we get ready to witness the implementation of the Metrolinx plans to increase rail capacity between the Guildwood and Pickering GO stations. The plans call for the elimination of the rail traffic bottleneck, which tends to create operational challenges along the entire line, by the addition of a third rail track.
This project has been given the green light with the completion of the Environmental Project Report in accordance with the Ontario Regulation 231/08. On Jan. 9, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray signed the minister’s notice to proceed with the transit project, allowing Metrolinx to go ahead with the construction. On Jan. 11, the notice to proceed was issued.
Apart from the addition of the third rail, the Highland Creek Bridge will be widened and the Rouge River Bridge will be torn down and replaced with a wider bridge. The existing Rouge Hill station building will be relocated further north and there will be upgrades to the station tunnels and the bus stop area as well as improved access to the Port Union Waterfront Trail.
Progress will come with some discomfort. Residents in proximity to the Rouge Hill GO station will be subject to construction noise and possible road restrictions. Commuters will endure the permanent loss of some 170 parking spots from the main lot. Construction will begin in 2017 and plans call for its completion by the spring of 2018.
But be of good cheer, we shall have a modern conveyance system of which can all be proud. We hope!
Highland Village Creek Transportation Master Plan
The City of Toronto staff report and recommendations for the Highland Creek Transportation Master Plan will be presented to the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee in February. There is a high degree of certainty that this study will be adopted by Public Works.
For more information on this transportation plan, visit the City of Toronto website and search for Highland Creek Village Area Study.