The project consists of the construction of an underpass to separate GO Transit commuter rail lines and Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CPR) freight trains along GO Transit’s Georgetown line to the west of Toronto. The West Toronto Diamond project will separate Canadian Pacific Railway’s North Toronto freight line from GO’s Weston Subdivision (Georgetown line). The north-south tracks to and from Georgetown will be lowered so that they run under CPR’s North Toronto line.
“This investment will help cut commute times on GO trains and will help get commuters out of their cars and onto public transit,” said John Baird, Canada’s Transport and Infrastructure Minister. “Projects like this will help clear the air, reduce congestion and stimulate the economy in the Greater Toronto Area.”
The project will bring about a number of improvements:
- More reliable GO service by eliminating the need to accommodate both freight and GO trains at this crossing point
- Less pollution and noise for residents due to fewer trains stopping and idling in the neighbourhood, and commuter traffic running through the lowered corridor
- Less noise and whistling from trains crossing the West Toronto Diamond
- Increased train service for northwest Toronto and Peel Region Construction started in January 2009 with a budget of $277 million and was originally scheduled for completion in early 2011.