Full Build Noise Walls Update
Metrolinx made a commitment to install all the noise walls for 2015.
Communities along the rail corridor are expecting full noise mitigation for 2015. During our engagement with the community through the noise wall design community advisory committees, we received feedback on the timing of the Full Build noise wall installation.
Read more about our engagement process and the steps we have taken in response to what we heard.
GTS Project Update - Public Meetings
Three GTS Public Meetings were held at the end of January 2014. Over 45 residents attended to learn about the extensive progress that has been made and what is left to complete during the final year of construction. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. If you missed the meeting and would like to read more, the presentations can be found here:
West Toronto Diamond/Junction |
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.
On Monday, March 10, we will begin the
continuous concrete pour to form the permanent
bridge deck for the Strachan Avenue Overpass.
We are installing struts south of King St.
and north of Church St. beginning March 24.
Learn more: Strachan Avenue Overpass |
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 (formerly known as the Air Rail Link) between Toronto’s Union Station
and Lester B. Pearson International Airport. This includes a 3.3 kilometre rail
spur to the airport.
We will be consulting with the community on the design and construction of this
five year project on an ongoing basis.
Weston Tunnel CTA Decision
Metrolinx welcomes the CTA decision respecting the Weston Tunnel, which finds that the construction noise and vibration is reasonable in the circumstances and noted that we are using best practices in our mitigation efforts. We commit to continuing to do our best to mitigate noise and vibration and keep the community informed of our work and our progress. To see the full CTA decision, please
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.
- To date, approximately 15,000 cubic meters of earth has been excavated as part of the Humber River Bridges project – enough to fill 6 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- To date, approximately 10,000 cubic meters of concrete has been poured as part of the Humber River Bridges project – enough concrete to fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- 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 summer 2014.
- To date, approximately 20,000 cubic meters of concrete has been poured as part of the Weston Tunnel project – half the
amount used to build the CN Tower.
- 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.
- To date, 260,000 cubic meters of earth has been excavated as part of the Weston Tunnel project.
- Approximately 55,000 cubic meters of concrete still needs to be poured for the Weston Tunnel project, enough to build one-and-a-half CN Towers.
- 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 will be operating in the north lowered corridor of the Strachan Avenue Overpass project.
- By summer 2014, the Strachan Avenue bridge will be completed and Strachan Avenue will return to its original alignment.
- 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.
- For the Strachan Avenue Overpass, the local community worked with a landscape architect on a project to beautify the public facing side of the north retaining wall on Douro Street. For more information,
- To date, 120,000 cubic meters have been excavated for the Strachan Avenue Overpass project with another 100,000 cubic meters to go.
- To date, 1850 piles have been drilled and filled with concrete for the Strachan Avenue Overpass project.
- The amount of earth excavated to date for the Carlingview Drive Underpass can fill almost 17 Olympic-sized swimming pools. By the time we complete excavation, the amount of earth removed will fill almost 39 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- To date, we have poured enough concrete for the Carlingview Drive Underpass to fill 46 Toyota Corollas. This number will increase to almost 70 Toyota Corollas by the end of the project.
- To date, the amount of earth excavated for the East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals project can fill four Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- To date, the amount of earth excavated for the East Corridor Grading, Track and Signals project can fill 6,250 barrels of oil.
- 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 BigMove.ca
- Read more about investment tools to help fund over 400 km of new and enhanced transit at BigMove 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.
- Try your hand at addressing the congestion problem with Metrolinx’s Interactive #BigMove Activity.
- 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!
- Did you know – 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.
- Almost done! Denison Road Underpass. to be completed in Spring 2014.
- When completed, the Strachan Avenue Overpass will contain 2000 piles and over 70,000 cubic metres will have been excavated!
- The Strachan Avenue Overpass contains 2 tunnels, over 540 metres long, dug by machines and over 100 metres of tunnel dug by hand mining.
- Did you know – 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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