Bowmanville GO Rail Business Case Completed

Published on February 13, 2020

Durham MPPs Continuing to Work to Move GO Rail Service to Bowmanville Forward

BOWMANVILLE - Today Lindsey Park, MPP for Durham, along with Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby and David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South announced that Metrolinx is making progress towards extending GO Rail service from Oshawa to Bowmanville.
Metrolinx has now completed the updated Initial Business Case (IBC) for the Lakeshore East Extension to Bowmanville. As part of the updated IBC, four options were assessed, and Metrolinx is recommending to its Board that Option Two be advanced.

This option proposes to follow the CP rail line north of the 401 and include two-way, all-day service to Bowmanville. The rail would extend through the current 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 – the rail line on the north of the 401 to make its way to Bowmanville.

This rail service is proposing to operate express between Union and Pickering GO station, and make all stops between Pickering GO station and Bowmanville, including at proposed new station sites at Thornton’s Corners East, Ritson Road (the old Knob Hill Farms), Courtice and Bowmanville – four additional stops.

Pending the Board’s recommendation, Metrolinx will advance the project to the Preliminary Design Business Case. The timing will be further refined and developed through this design phase and through discussions with CP Rail.

This is another important step completed in the process that brings Durham Region closer to receiving increased access to transit in a cost-efficient way, while helping people get where they need to, when they need to get there.

“Expanding GO Rail service east of Oshawa will make it easier for Durham residents to get to work, school, and play, and back home to their loved ones,” said Lindsey Park, MPP for Durham. “Today’s update means we are another step closer to making this a reality. Once the recommended alignment is approved by the Metrolinx Board, I will be pressing the Ontario government to get this project funded and built.”

“This is great news for Whitby residents,” said Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby. “The Government is listening to the people of Durham Region, and taking action to deliver on our promise to expand transit in this Region, and make more reliable and convenient for people to use.”

“I am thrilled that we’ve reached the next step in the planning process to extend GO rail service east to Bowmanville,” said David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South. “This important extension is critical to the people of my riding who depend on public transit.”

Metrolinx will present the updated Initial Business Case to its Board of Directors on February 20, 2020. If approved by the Board, Metrolinx will work with the Province to advance the recommended route option to the next stage of the planning process.

 As Metrolinx does not own the rail corridor between Oshawa and Bowmanville, expanding GO rail service beyond Oshawa on the Lakeshore East line depends on the successful outcome of negotiations with freight rail partners.

 The Business Case process is an industry best-practice for project planning, giving decision-makers, stakeholders and the public a transparent, evidence-based analysis of proposed options.

 The Initial Business Case is a planning document that outlines the reasons for a proposed investment, such as expanded GO rail service, proposed options for implementing the investment, and an evidence-based analysis of the benefits and costs of each option.

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