Metrolinx, the operator of GO Transit, has a September start on geo-technical investigative work along the CP-owned corridor for the Bowmanville extension project.
The Initial Business Case for Bowmanville rail service expansion was finalized at end of May.
The investigative work is being carried out between Oshawa GO Station and Bowmanville Avenue (Regional Road #57).
Metrolinx said the geo-technical work is necessary in advance of the extension, and will be carried out over the next few months.
In a notice to residents, Metrolinx said the work requires drilling boreholes and testing soil condition ahead of the construction of the rail corridor infrastructure.
“This work will take place during daytime hours. Residents can expect to see a small drill rig,trucks, and a work crew working within or near the rail corridor. Typical construction impacts can be expected, such as noise, vibration, dust,” it said.
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Metrolinx said the next step is the Preliminary Design Business Case (PDBC).
Key Benefits of Option 2 include:
- Better connectivity between Durham Region and the rest of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, supporting economic development and urban development plans in Durham.
- The extension would add additional travel options for residents east of Oshawa, providing access to GO Transit by local transit, walking, or cycling.
- The extension would reduce driving distance for those who would otherwise drive to Oshawa GO Station, and increase parking capacity along the corridor.
- The Metrolinx business case is just one of several factors used in making a final decision. Other factors vary by project and include broad economic objectives, local community considerations, and affordability.
Metrolinx will continue to advance negotiations with CN and CP to secure the track access required.
VIA Rail will be consulted for modifications to the existing Oshawa GO Station to minimize impacts to operations.
Negotiations with third parties regarding Transit Oriented Development (TOD) at all station locations will continue.
Option 2 will be advanced through the Metrolinx Benefit Management process and evaluated through a PDBC, in which capital cost estimates and service concepts will be further refined to ensure benefits are maximized.