Neptis Foundation Agrees: GO Trains Faster, Cheaper than Subways

Above: The Stouffville GO train line can transport commuters to downtown Toronto more quickly than TTC bus and subway routes. Photo credit: Richard Sunichura.
Above: The Stouffville GO train line can transport commuters to downtown Toronto more quickly than TTC bus and subway routes.

I have been a strong advocate of using the GO train network to provide better service to Torontonians. You may recall that I spoke about this same topic at length in my Winter 2013/2014 newsletter.

On December 11, 2013, the Toronto Star reported that Michael Schabas authored a report for the Neptis Foundation titled, “Review of Metrolinx’s Big Move.” Schabas comes to a similar conclusion as I have – that GO Transit’s rail corridors can provide faster trips to downtown Toronto at a fraction of the cost of the downtown relief line and it can connect every part of the Toronto Region.

Toronto Star news reporter, Laura Kane, reviewed the report and provided the following details of Schabas’ analysis. The first phase of the downtown relief line from Pape to Union stations would attract 53,600 commuters and would cost $3.2 billion. The full line from Don Mills and Eglinton to Dundas West station would cost $7.4 billion.

Meanwhile, connecting Main Street (TTC) and Danforth (GO) stations with a pedestrian walkway, running 10 to 15 trains between Danforth and Union GO stations in peak periods and integrating fares would cost $100 million on the Lakeshore East GO train line.

As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, operating two-way, all day GO train service on the Stouffville line will benefit Ward 41 residents and will cost $740 million or 10% of the cost of the downtown relief line. We need to start looking at more cost effective and beneficial alternatives to subway construction as I argued at Toronto City Council in May 2013. You can view the video on my YouTube channel at http://tinyurl.com/kz9mykz. You can also read the Neptis Foundation report at:  http://www.neptis.org/publications/review-metrolinxs-big-move.

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