If you're a commuter living in the east end, specifically the Durham Region, your life could be about to get a whole lot easier. Metrolinx announced on Thursday, February 13, 2020, that GO Transit could be installing as many as four new eastward stations. The new proposal would see Lakeshore East rail services extend as far as Bowmanville.
According to Metrolinx, the project could potentially build four new stations, which would be located at Thornton's Corners East, Ritson Road, Courtice, and Bowmanville.
It's also worth noting that the Oshawa GO station would continue operations.
"Based on an updated Initial Business Case, planners are focusing in on an option that would use Canadian Pacific Railway's existing General Motors spur line to cross Hwy. 401 and connect to Bowmanville. While still early in the process, the recommendation is good news for those wanting to see GO rail extended further eastward, to where residents live, work, and play," a statement from Metrolinx reads.
"While still early in the process, the choice being recommended to Metrolinx's Board of Directors would offer access to GO trains closer to Durham Region's population and employment centres – all while using existing rail infrastructure. That could include extending from Oshawa GO station to the Canadian Pacific Railway's (CP) General Motors spur line to cross over Hwy. 401," it adds.
We are taking the crucial next step for expanding GO rail service beyond Oshawa. Take a look at the Initial Busines… https://t.co/aV2CUWjfcY— Metrolinx (@Metrolinx)1581615719.0
This move comes months after the Crown agency announced that they would be working on making fares cheaper for their users.
In November, the company announced that trips from Kennedy to Union station will be charged the smallest fare available, at $3.70.
The agency also announced that they would be making some service changes by January 2020 that would help to speed up 4 transit lines due to express services.
Four express trains now stop at Rouge Hill GO Station, which will help save passengers around 10 minutes on their commute.
Back in December, Metrolinx began rolling out its new PRESTO card machines.
The prototypes, which come equipped with barcode readers, will eventually be capable of reading e-tickets.
However, the feature has yet to be installed, and upgrades for the system are still in the "planning phase."