As construction on the GTS Project begins to
wind down, we want to highlight the project
benefits, for both residents and our commuters.
This includes upgraded infrastructure, noise
walls and beautification projects and increased
Ritchie Avenue and West Toronto Railpath:
Final Artwork Selected. Learn more...
Douro Bend and Queen West Noise Wall: Final
Project Milestones and Achievements
As construction on the Georgetown South
Project continues, we will be highlighting our
major achievements and milestones.
GTS in the Community
The communities we work in are important to us. See how we do it!
Videos: Construction in Action
Check our new videos and see transit construction in action.
The community plays an important role in the
Georgetown South Project. During the design and
construction phases, we are working to keep the
community informed, but we also want to
highlight some of the great people we work with
within the community.
Learn more: Community Profiles
Georgetown South Project
The Georgetown South (GTS) Project will provide infrastructure improvements to meet
existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth. This project is one of the
key elements of
The Big Move. Through track
sharing, it also allows for the new Union Pearson
Express between Toronto’s Union Station
and Toronto Pearson International Airport. This includes a 3.3 kilometre rail
spur to the airport.
Until mid-December: Overnight Work
Project: Strachan Avenue Overpass
Location: Bathurst Street to Queen Street West
Work: As we approach the end of the Strachan Avenue
Overpass work, we are in the final stretch of installing the last
sections of track to complete the expansion of the rail corridor to
increase commuter train service.
Timing: Conduit Work: There may be some
intermittent overnight work until the end of November (weather
permitting). Track Shift: For three weekends, November 22/23,
December 6/7 and December 13/14 (may be rescheduled due to weather), we
will be working continuously beginning Friday at 7 p.m. to Monday before
6 a.m. to shift and install new tracks in the south corridor between
Bathurst St. and north of Queen. St. W.
Mid-November to Summer 2015: Lansdowne Avenue Bridge Span Replacement
Project: Lansdowne Avenue Bridge
Location: Lansdowne Avenue
Work: We are beginning work to replace three bridge
spans on the south side of the Lansdowne Ave. bridge. We will also
upgrade the bridge abutments during this work.
Timing: Mid-November to Summer 2015
November 12, 2014 to March 2015: John Street Watermain Work
Project: Weston Tunnel
Location: John Street
Work: As we wrap up the watermain work on Church
Street, we will begin work to install new City of Toronto watermains
underneath the railway corridor on John Street.
Timing: Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Monday to Friday for approximately three months until March 2015
Preparation for Noise Wall and Fencing Installation Underway
Project: Noise Walls, Landscaping and Fencing
Location: GTS Rail Corridor
Work: After completing extensive public consultation
last year, noise wall and fencing installation will begin later this
fall along the entire rail corridor. In order to install noise walls and
fencing on the property line, we will be removing vegetation overgrowth.
Although we had hoped to avoid removing any trees, our assessment has
determined that may not be avoidable.
May 15 to early 2015: Sidewalk and lane restrictions
Project: Bloor St. W. Bridge
Location: Bloor St. W. Bridge between Dundas Street West and Perth Avenue
Work: Sidewalk and lane restrictions on Bloor St. W.
the Bloor St. W. bridge.
Timing: From May 15 to early 2015.
Old Weston/Junction Road Now Open
The Old Weston/Junction Road reopened to vehicles and pedestrians on Monday,
December 1. Traffic is flowing freely across the new bridge over the lowered GO
rail corridor. We understand that this has been a long process but we are happy
to say that road traffic will no longer have to wait for GO train traffic to
pass. Thank you very much for your patience throughout the closure as we worked
to lower the GO rail corridor below the road and CP Rail traffic.
Trains Now Running in the Completed Weston Tunnel
On December 15, 2014, the first GO train traveled through the newly completed
Weston Tunnel marking the first time all train service is operating completely
within the new Georgetown South rail corridor infrastructure.
See what progress looks like
Metrolinx understands that people want to spend more time living and less time commuting, and we’re working to transform how the GTHA moves. More than $16 billion in investment has been made and construction is under way on our First Wave of projects - Including the Georgetown South Project - helping to realize the Big Move vision. Check out the video below, and see what progress looks like.
Click here to view our videos and see transit construction in action.
Did You Know?
- The Humber River Bridges project is expected to be complete by fall 2014.
- The Weston Road Bridge project is expected to be complete by fall 2014.
- When the Weston Road Bridge project is complete, approximately 2,000 cubic meters of concrete will be poured.
- When the Weston Road Bridge project is complete, approximately 2,700 cubic meters of earth will be excavated.
- When the Denison Road Underpass project is complete, approximately 80,000 cubic meters of earth will be excavated – enough to fill 32 Olympic-sized pools.
- The Denison Road Underpass project is expected to be complete by
- When the Weston Tunnel project is complete, approximately 285,000 cubic meters of earth will be excavated – enough to fill 134 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- When the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation is complete, 200,000 cubic meters of earth will be excavated. That is enough to cover 80 football fields.
- A first for GO – slide-in bridge technology was used on the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation project.
- The West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation has four bridge spans weighing a total of 10,000 tonnes.
- When the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation is complete, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Milton GO line will remain at grade and two additional sets of tracks will be added on the Kitchener GO line to accommodate increased GO service and the new Union-Pearson (UP) Express.
- The West Toronto Diamond is the busiest rail crossing in Canada.
- GO Transit began service on the Georgetown GO line (now known as the Kitchener line) in 1974.
- Starting November 2013, trains began operating in the north lowered corridor of the Strachan Avenue Overpass project.
- For the Strachan Avenue Overpass, the local community chose the teardrop lattice strut design. For more information on this project, visit our
Strachan Avenue Overpass webpage.
- By the time we complete excavation, the amount of earth removed
for the Carlingview Drive Underpass will fill almost 56 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- By the end of the project, we'll have poured enough concrete for the Carlingview
Drive Underpass to fill about 58 Toyota Corollas.
- The amount of earth excavated for the East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals project can fill 1,000 Toyota Corollas.
- The East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals project is divided up into two segments. Segment 2A runs from Queen Street West to Lansdowne Avenue. Segment 2B runs from Lansdowne Avenue to Dupont Street. For more information on this project,
- GO Transit is constantly improving and expanding to meet the growing and changing transit needs of our customers. We anticipate future needs by planning for service expansion and the necessary infrastructure to support it. Learn more about a few of those projects by clicking on the links below. Want to know more about our construction projects? Check out our project profiles, construction facts and latest photos
- The Big Move is Metrolinx’s plan to transform transportation in the Greater Toronto
and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Learn more by visiting
- Read more about investment tools to help fund over 400 km of new and enhanced transit at
Big Move Report
- The average person in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) spends 82 minutes commuting every day.
See what we’re doing to fix this.
- Current trends indicate the average person will spend 109 minutes on their daily commute by 2033.
- With The Big Move, the average commute time will be 77 minutes, meaning less stress and frustration and more time to do the things you want to do.
- At the
Humber River Bridge, the spans on which the tracks themselves will sit on, weigh 140 tons. With the average car weighing about 2 tons, the spans are the weight of 70 cars!
- The Humber River Bridge was originally constructed in 1855. Upgrades to extend all 8 piers to the north were completed in 2013.
- By the time the
Weston Tunnel is complete in late 2014, over 260,000 cubic metres of rock and dirt will be excavated – that’s enough to fill over 104 Olympic-sized swimming pools!
- The tunnel boring machine at the
Weston Tunnel which dug the super pipe weighs 340,000 lbs.!
- A total of 476 tie backs are needed for the
Denison Road Underpass. Tie backs strengthen the sheet pile walls which hold the underpass in place.
- When completed, the
Strachan Avenue Overpass will contain 2000 piles and over 70,000 cubic metres will have been excavated!
Strachan Avenue Overpass contains 2 tunnels, over 540 metres long, dug by machines and over 100 metres of tunnel dug by hand mining.
- When the
West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation is complete, almost 50,000 cubic metres of concrete will have been poured to form the new corridor.
- Without the Georgetown South Project, eight new highway lanes would have to be built to accommodate the additional vehicle demand by 2031.
- The Georgetown South Project rail transit expansion is one of the largest transit infrastructure projects in North America with over 20 kilometers of rail corridor.
- The Georgetown South Project is a critical step to delivering future two-way, all-day service for the GO Kitchener, Milton and Barrie services, as well as launching a future service to Bolton.
- The Georgetown South Project and the Union-Pearson Express are key components of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Regional Transportation Plan - The Big Move.
- For the Georgetown South Project (GTS), we are pouring enough concrete to build five CN Towers. It took about three years and four months to build the CN Tower. We are building the GTS Project in about four years.
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