Metrolinx has confirmed GO Train expansion east to Bowmanville via Oshawa, according to John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer for The Regional Municipality of Durham
“Metrolinx has confirmed a route—north of Highway 401—that will provide rail service from Union Station (in Toronto) to Thornton’s Corners, a central station in downtown Oshawa, and GO stations in both Courtice and Bowmanville,” he said in a released statement.
Henry said the route “will help to deliver economic revitalization of our downtown areas; transform and connect communities; increase transit ridership; stimulate job creation and mixed-use development around the stations; and drive an increase in land value within the rail corridor.
“Today, Durham Region remains on the right track. We are pleased to see the GO east expansion moving ahead; offering an option that meets the needs of our growing communities.
He said the route is a key component of Durham’s future land use plans. It connects with local transit spines, three post-secondary campuses, employment areas, and central areas slated for mixed-use development and intensification.
Plus, it supports an integrated and active transportation network that is accessible by foot, bicycle or bus.
“We look forward to the city-building, economic development, and transit ridership growth that will occur for decades to come.
With our community expected to reach 960,000 residents and 350,000 jobs by 2031, this announcement ensures that Durham Region will have strong rail options that complement our existing transportation network,” Henry added.
“This is excellent news for all Clarington residents. It will improve our quality of life and spur significant investment. It is also a great example of co-operation between the various levels of government, the business community and economic development. It shows that when we work together, we can come up with the best solution for our community,” sad Adrian Foster, Mayor of Clarington.
“This route will bring two new GO stations to Oshawa, creating significant economic growth and jobs, and supporting active transportation. We look forward to next steps, including the support and approval of the Metrolinx Board and to continuing to work with the provincial government to deliver the easterly extension of the GO train,” said Dan Carter, Mayor of Oshawa.