Metrolinx fulfills its commitment to bring GO Trains to Acton
TORONTO, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ – Metrolinx is moving forward on its plans for a new Acton GO Station.
With a land lease agreement with the Town of Halton Hills, Metrolinx is beginning construction of a new GO station in Acton this month, with construction to continue into 2013.
“We are pleased to bring GO rail service to Acton and provide additional options for travellers in this very busy corridor,” said Gary McNeil, GO Transit President. “With the addition of this new station, we are making it easier for residents to choose to leave their cars at home and use GO Transit.”
The additional stop along the Kitchener line (formerly GO’s Georgetown line) also helps to meet the demand for expanded and more frequent service in the region. This new stop provides a connection between Acton and downtownToronto, but also supports commuters travelling between Acton and the Georgetown and Brampton areas.
“Investing in a new GO station for Acton will mean better access to public transit and increased services for commuters,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The McGuinty government has continually supported public transit to help take cars off the road, keep our air clean and contribute to a better quality of life for Ontario families.”
Acton GO Station will be served by two morning and two evening trips on GO’s Kitchener line. Schedules will be available at gotransit.com later this year. Fifty parking spaces will be provided with the opening of the station, with an additional 60 spaces to be added after service begins. In total, GO expects to be able to provide approximately 110 parking spaces for GO customers.
“This is great news for Acton and area residents,” said Town of Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette. “The addition of this service in our area gives commuters and students in our area a public transit choice for traveling to work or school. We are very excited for the restoration of train service to Acton after an absence of nearly 20 years.”
The new station will provide an enjoyable and comfortable travel experience through its design, which will include platform lighting, CCTV and public announcement system, an accessible mini platform, designated waiting areas and two heated platform shelters.