As urban areas transform to accommodate growing populations and changing community needs, cities are faced with the challenge to provide accessible and efficient transit options for their communities. Helping connect neighborhoods, these networks also support a higher quality of life, a more prosperous economy and a healthier environment. Wood is leading the effort to make one of the largest infrastructure programs in North America possible by increasing urban mobility through the GO Transit system expansion and upgrades in Ontario.
A division of regional public transportation agency Metrolinx, GO Transit is the public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area which serves a population of nearly 8 million people across more than 11,000 square kilometers of Ontario. Experiencing incredible growth, the province estimates a nearly 15 percent increase in residents by 2041. The agency’s goal is to create a world-class transportation system by running faster, more energy efficient electric trains and increasing weekly trips from 1,500 to more than 6,000, with two-way service availability that runs around-the-clock.
To make this vision a reality, several stations and tracks were identified for expansion and upgrades. Our team is leading design on two bridge projects: Rouge River, which involves the structural rehabilitation of an approximately 120-year-old railway bridge to enhance its resilience and extend its service life; and the design for replacement of the Birchmount Bridge to achieve additional track capacity and future system electrification. We are also expanding the Barrie Railway Corridor from one to two tracks and helping deliver a subway expansion program through geotechnical and environmental investigation. To minimize disruption to commuter service, all construction is being staged to coordinate with low-traffic times.
While the estimated doubled use of transit through increased capacity and accessibility will significantly reduce travel times and make it easier for residents get to where they need to go through these essential sustainable infrastructure improvements, this program will also have a positive effect on the environment. The increased use of public transit will undoubtedly translate to a reduction in emissions, and a step closer to a zero emissions future.
Our team’s more than four-decade-long relationship with Metrolinx, strong track record delivering sustainable infrastructure projects and specialized expertise in geotechnical, environmental and design work is allowing us to successful lead the expansion of this network moving Canada’s largest and fastest-growing urban region. We understand that the best mobility project outcomes are born out of true partnerships that deliver sustainable, connected solutions allowing communities to be future ready, now.