GO Train travels south through the Don Valley
|Locale||Toronto; Richmond Hill|
|Stations||6 (plus 1 under construction)|
|Daily ridership||10,293 (2016)|
|Opened||May 1, 1978|
Canadian National Railway (York Region)
|Line length||42.3 km (26.3 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
Richmond Hill is one of the seven train lines of the GO Transit system in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. It operates between Union Station in Toronto to Gormley GO Station in the north in Richmond Hill. Trains on the line operate only during weekday peak hours (morning trains southbound, afternoon trains northbound), while off-peak weekday times are served by the GO bus route 61.
A Richmond Hill commuter train service had been announced in 1969 by the provincial government, but its implementation was cancelled in 1970 in favour of bus commuter service.
Following a promotional opening on Saturday April 29, the Richmond Hill line became the fourth GO Transit rail line on Monday, May 1, 1978. The opening had been delayed because the BiLevel coaches ordered for the Lakeshore line were not delivered on time, so existing Lakeshore line trains were not available to be redeployed on the Richmond Hill line.
The layout of the line remained generally unchanged from 1978 to 2016, when the line was extended north to the new Gormley station. This extension was part of the GO 2020 strategy, which aims to extend the line north to Aurora Road in Whitchurch-Stouffville. Phase I of the project, which was completed in late 2016, established the Gormley GO Station where the line intersects Stouffville Road, created a train layover facility at Bethesda Road, and graded the corridor for the extension. Phase II of the project will extend the line further north to the new Bloomington GO Station, which is planned to open by the end of 2019.
The Richmond Hill line operates over the CN Bala Subdivision, which is owned by Metrolinx between Union Station and Doncaster Diamond, where the line crosses the CN York Subdivision. North of Doncaster Diamond, the line is owned by Canadian National and is part of its transcontinental freight route.
|Station||Community||Municipality||Regional Mun.||Fare zone||Distance (km)||Connections|
|Oak Ridges||Richmond Hill||York||TBD||45.9|
|Richmond Hill||Richmond Hill||61||33.8|| |
(via Richmond Hill Centre)
|Old Cummer||North York||Toronto||05||22.7||TTC|
|Oriole||19.6|| (via Leslie station)|
|Union Station||Toronto||02||0.0|| |
As a part of the GO Transit Regional Express Rail (RER) initiative, train service along the Richmond Hill line is planned to be significantly expanded over the next decade. During peak hours, trains would run in peak direction every 15–30 minutes along this line. To implement the planned RER service, the Richmond Hill line would need $1 billion in flood mitigation and a grade separation in the Doncaster area.
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- "Ontario Improving GO Transit Service Along All Corridors" (Press release). Ontario Ministry of Transportation. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Richmond Hill line.|
- GO Transit: Richmond Hill GO Train & Bus Service Schedule (PDF)
- AECOM (August 2009). "Richmond Hill Layover Facility Environmental Assessment (EA) and Project Design" (PDF). GO Transit. ITC-2006-EN-002. Retrieved 2017-07-17.