Facts about the Cambridge-Milton-Mississauga-Toronto line
- Population of areas serviced by extension: about 300,000
- Rail-miles from Milton to Cambridge (Galt): 25 (30 minutes)
- Car/bus Milton GO station to Cambridge: 45 minutes
- Freight trains per day on this line: Approximately 20
- Passenger trains per day — 0.
- Last passenger train service to Galt: July 1971: Rail Diesel Car service between Windsor and Toronto
The Milton to Cambridge (Galt) extension of GO train service is a logical extension of the GO commuter train network.
This line is owned by Canadian Pacific Railway, and serves as their main through-freight corridor between Toronto and Chicago. From Toronto to Campbellville, the line is double track. However, from Campbellville (Milton), to Windsor the line is single track, with passing sidings approximately every 10 to 15 miles. Unfortunately, adding passenger service in this context proves to be quite a challenge.
It is the freight that pays the bills on all these rail lines, and Canadian Pacific, like Canadian National on their lines, and Goderich and Exeter Railway on the North Main Line, have their freight business as their primary responsibility and priorty. Proper negotiations with the Canadian Pacific railway will be required to satisfy the protection of their freight business with as little disruption as possible. As a result, new track, sidings, and signalling infrastructure will likely be required.
In October of 1981, GO Transit commuter service was inagurated between Toronto and Milton, and continues to serve as a popular segment of the GO network. It should be noted that the majority of this portion has always been double track, but brand new rail, traffic control and other infrastructure improvements were made in order to allow GO trains to coexist with freight traffic. Since the introduction of GO service in 1981 Cambridge has been fighting to bring back passenger service, a fight that is ongoing.
It is likely that an additional 17.7 miles of double tracking would be required to bring service to Cambridge on this busy rail corridor.