Major new transit hub in Toronto takes next step forward
November 1, 2017 by Government of Ontario
Ontario is making it easier for commuters and families to get around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) by redeveloping Kipling Station into a major new transit hub that connects subway, regional rail, and inter-regional bus services within a single station.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was joined by Peter Milczyn, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Yvan Baker, MPP for Etobicoke Centre, at Kipling GO Station today to announce that the province has moved into the next phase of procurement with the close of the request for proposals to design and build the hub.
“With this next step, we are closer to providing an important mobility hub that will benefit commuters and get people where they are going sooner. This is proof our government is committed to improving transit networks to enhance our quality of life,” said Del Duca
Ontario is integrating the subway, GO train and local and regional bus services, including GO, TTC, and MiWay services, into a single mobility hub that will include a new terminal and better access for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
The new hub is 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 more frequent rush-hour service coming to the Milton line.
The province is also cutting the cost of commuting for people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Starting in January 2018, adult, senior, youth and student commuters will pay a TTC fare of just $1.50 when they use a PRESTO card to transfer between GO Transit or the UP Express and the TTC.
Investing in public transit to make it faster and more convenient for commuters and families is part of our plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing $21.3 billion to transform GO Transit from a commuter transit service to a regional rapid transit system. GO RER will increase the number of weekly trips across the GO train network from 1,500 today to nearly 6,000 by 2024-25.
- The project at Kipling includes: an elevated pedestrian bridge; a pedestrian underground tunnel; a new entrance; renovations to the existing Kipling GO Station building and existing TTC pedestrian pick-up and drop off building; a new bus terminal building for MiWay and GO Transit; complete site infrastructure including parking upgrades, and improved vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access; and a new extension of Acorn Ave south of Dundas St. West with vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian access, including traffic signals.
- Three teams, Bird/Kiewit Joint Venture, EllisDon Infrastructure Transit, and Kipling Infrastructure Partnership, were prequalified and invited to respond to a request for proposals in April 2017. All three teams submitted their proposals to design, build and finance this project.
- Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will evaluate the proposals over the next several months. A successful proponent is expected to be announced in 2018.