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January 21, 2011

Study recommends Toronto electrification

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A DETAILED electrification study by Toronto transit agency Metrolinx has recommended wiring at least two Go Transit commuter lines, together with the new Pearson International Airport Rail Link (ARL).
The study suggests high ridership and existing infrastructure improvements make the Georgetown/Airport and Lakeshore West corridors the strongest candidates for electrification.

go-electric.jpgThe total cost of the project would be $C 1.6-1.8 billion ($US 1.6 - 1.8 billion) and the initial ARL phase would cost $C 457 million.

According to Metrolinx, electrification would reduce journey times from Toronto to Hamilton and Kitchener by 5-10 minutes and would result in operational savings of up to $C 18 million per year.

Metrolinx announced in November last year it was entering formal negotiations with Sumitomo Corporation to exercise an option for up to 18 dmus for ARL as part of the contract to supply trains to Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit in California. It is not yet clear how this decision will be affected by the electrification study, the findings of which are due to be discussed at a special meeting of the Metrolinx board on January 26.

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