Brampton is one step closer to having two-way, all-day GO train service.
Through its agency Metrolinx, the regional transportation authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the province has secured an agreement-in-principle with CN that will allow GO Regional Express Rail to be built along the Kitchener GO corridor.
The agreement-in-principle also begins the planning and technical analysis to build a new freight corridor that will allow CN to shift most of its freight traffic from the section of the Kitchener corridor the company owns -- roughly between Georgetown and Bramalea -- to the new corridor. That will free up capacity for more GO service through Brampton to Kitchener.
In September, GO will introduce a new express bus service running all day between Kitchener and the Bramalea GO Station in Brampton -- with the service timed to connect with GO rail and bus services to and from Union Station in Toronto.
Geographically, Brampton’s three GO stations are positioned at the centre the Innovation Corridor stretching from Kitchener, through Brampton, to Toronto.
All-day GO train service is expected to help the region and the city manage employment, population and dwelling growth projections in the surrounding GO Stations areas. The area surrounding the three GO stations in Brampton is forecast to experience an increase in population of 105,400 people by 2041.
This growth will boost employment by an estimated 35,000 new occupations, including 2,400 new positions for technology professionals.
Therefore, 35,000 new residential dwellings will be require for the population growth.