Metro Links Update
Hey what's going on you guys. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up about the Bowmanville Expansion Project status update. If you haven't heard, we are expecting the GO Train to expand all the way to Bowmanville. Now there obviously is a lot of work that needs to go into this but what's happening right now is we are down to four different options.
Currently, most people who live in Bowmanville and work Downtown Toronto either drive or need to take the GO train. So their options are to drive or take the bus to Oshawa to get on the train which obviously makes the commute more difficult. I've actually heard the number buses going between Oshawa to Bowmanville has actually reduced recently so this is something that we really need for the continued growth of Bowmanville and Clarignton
These are the four options being examined right now as part of the updated business case.
The options analysis supports future decisions by providing perspective on costs in relation to potential benefits (Benefit Cost Ratio). There are four options that are being modelled to support future decision making:
• Option 1: Utilization of the 2016, 401 Highway crossing east of Thickson Road to Thornton’s Corners GO Station. All trips between Bowmanville and Union (running express past Pickering) stop at Thornton’s Corners, Ritson Road, Courtice and Bowmanville GO Stations on the extension. Electrified GO Expansion services would terminate at Thornton’s Corners leading to the closure of GO rail operations at Oshawa GO Station.
• Option 2 : Extension through Oshawa GO Station connecting to Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway’s General Motors (GM) spur line to cross Highway 401, and connect to CP’s Belleville Subdivision. Trips between Bowmanville and Union would stop at Oshawa, Ritson Road, Courtice and Bowmanville Stations, and run express between Pickering and Union Station. Electrified GO Expansion services would terminate at Oshawa Station.
• Option 3 : GO rail services to Bowmanville via Canadian National (CN) Railway’s Kingston Subdivision. Trips between Bowmanville and Union operate via a direct connection to CN’s corridor once east of Oshawa GO Station. Extension service would stop at new stations at Ritson Road South in Oshawa and Energy Drive near Waverly Road in Bowmanville. Electrified GO Expansion services will terminate at Oshawa station.
• Option 4 : GO rail services to Bowmanville via CN’s Kingston Subdivision eventually connecting to CP’s Belleville subdivision over Highway 401 in the vicinity of Colonel Sam Drive in Oshawa. Trips between Bowmanville and Union would stop at new station sites at Ritson Road South and the announced Courtice and Bowmanville GO Stations on CP’s subdivision, and would run express between Pickering and Union Station. Electrified GO Expansion services will terminate at Oshawa station.
The GO Train expansion is one of many developments that will continue to help the growth of Bowmanville and Clarington as a whole. This will help make it easier for people to commute into Toronto and will make living in Bowmanville a viable option. I am sure there is still quite a bit of due diligence to do and information to consider but I am excited to see the progress being made. What are your thoughts on the expansion? Which option would you choose?
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