The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has granted a notice to proceed to the Metrolinx electrification project. This approval is the result of a 28-month environment assessment, report, and approval process undertaken by the project team.
“We have successfully generated an electrification system design that has minimum impact to the environment and provides solutions to the concerns of residents and municipalities,” said Andrew Gillespie, PE, PEng, a Gannett Fleming vice president and transit & rail systems project director. “This approval is the result of more than two years of combined engineering excellence from Gannett Fleming, Morrison Hershfield, and Metrolinx.”
The electrification of the Metrolinx GO Transit Regional Express Rail (RER) will expand the railway’s ridership capacity in the Greater Toronto area. Electrification will allow the trains to start, stop, and move more frequently, providing exponential time savings through faster, more frequent transit options. Approximately 68 million people ride the Metrolinx GO network every year, and that number is on the rise. The electrification of five of the seven RER branch lines more than 205 kilometers of railways, is a critical RER objective.
With this major milestone achieved, the team is now focused on the next stage: to procure and deliver the electrification system so that services commence in 2025. For more information, visit the Metrolinx GO Transit electrification page.