The SmartTrack Stations Program will improve transportation choices within Toronto by leveraging existing transit infrastructure to serve more people. Combined with Metrolinx’s GO Expansion Program, SmartTrack will transform heavy rail infrastructure in Toronto from a regional commuter service into an urban rapid transit network. With five additional stations, all-day, two-way service, increased frequency and quieter and faster trains, SmartTrack will expand transit access for Toronto residents travelling within and beyond the city.
The City and Province signed a Revised Ontario-Toronto Agreement in Principle marking full endorsement for five new stations in Toronto along existing GO rail corridors.
On behalf of the Province, Metrolinx has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for St. Clair-Old Weston, Finch-Kennedy, King-Liberty and a Statement of Qualifications (SQ) for Bloor-Lansdowne – marking the first step in the procurement process.
City Council approved updated terms that will be incorporated into a revised Agreement in Principle to advance the SmartTrack Stations Program. Further details can be found in staff report 2021.EX20.2: Advancing the SmartTrack Stations Program.
As part of the Ontario-Toronto Transit Partnership Agreement, the City and Province committed to working together to advance and deliver the SmartTrack Stations Program. This commitment included reviewing the Agreement in Principle that was approved by City Council in November 2016 and endorsing the project for federal funding under the City’s allocation of the Public Transit Stream of the Federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
The SmartTrack Stations are anticipated to be in operation in 2026.
Located on Finch Avenue East between Milliken Boulevard and Midland Avenue, the Finch-Kennedy Station will provide Stouffville corridor passengers with seamless access to frequent TTC bus connections on Finch. Canopies and heated shelters will keep passengers warm and dry while bike parking and accessible drop-off will make it easy to get to the station. Within walking distance, station users can access diverse shopping and dining opportunities.
This new GO Station will be located in the Riverdale neighbourhood, immediately east of the Don Valley Parkway and south of Eastern Avenue, on the Lakeshore East rail corridor. Anticipated to be a major transit and business hub, the East Harbour transit hub will provide seamless connectivity between GO and TTC, including the new Ontario Line.
Located on the Kitchener GO rail corridor between Union and Bloor GO stations, the King-Liberty Station will feature an enclosed pedestrian bridge connecting King Street and the High Line to the new platforms and a second pedestrian bridge connecting the new platforms to both Sudbury St and Joe Shuster Way providing increased connectivity between neighbourhoods.
Situated on Bloor Street West between St. Helen’s Avenue and the Barrie rail corridor, the new Bloor-Lansdowne Station will feature bike parking, entrance at Bloor street (lower) level and at platform (upper) level, plaza and landscaping at the platform level, one tunnel connecting East and West platforms and a multi-use path from the Davenport Diamond Greenway north of Bloor Street to Dundas. This multi-use path will be routed adjacent to the Barrie GO Rail Corridor and will provide connection to the West Toronto Railpath.
This station is located on Union Street north of St. Clair Avenue West, between Bloor and Mount Dennis GO Stations on the Kitchener GO rail corridor. The St. Clair-Old Weston Station will feature two new station buildings providing connection points directly from Union Street, bike parking, two pedestrian tunnels connecting the east and west platforms, and connections to Gunns Road and St. Clair Avenue West will also be available.
SmartTrack will provide access to fast, safe and reliable transit and offer earlier transit expansion solutions while the Province’s Subway Program (i.e., Ontario Line, Scarborough Subway Extension, Eglinton Crosstown West Extension and Yonge North Subway Extension) is constructed.
Service improvements from the SmartTrack Stations Program will provide walkable access to rail service for 83,000 residents and 91,000 jobs.
The five new stations are projected to bring approximately 110,000 new daily riders by 2031 to the rail network and reduce congestion on the roads and emissions throughout the region.