Metrolinx will be moving ahead with building a GO station at Woodbine Racetrack, according to the Toronto Star.
The agency announced that the new station will replace the current Etobicoke North station, which sits on the Kitchener line, but it won’t cost taxpayers a penny. Woodbine Entertainment is set to fund the development entirely, which is expected to cost somewhere between $70 and $90 million.
— Kinga Surma (@KingaSurmaMPP) March 6, 2019
A report from Metrolinx last year showed that a station there would attract thousands of riders daily and improve access to Woodbine as an entertainment destination. The plans for the new station includes several waiting platforms that feature weather protection, a parking lot, and a bus loop for passengers transferring to and from the station via transit.
According to Provincial Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek, the partnership will mark the first instance where the government works with a private business to build public transit, and that the city can expect more partnerships like this in the future.
The new GO station at Woodbine will help increase transit access to nearby landmarks like Woodbine Mall, Humber College, the University of Guelph at Humber and Etobicoke General Hospital. https://t.co/axVHdj5ewF pic.twitter.com/HNFWoFPFfS
— Ontario Ministry of Transportation (@ONtransport) March 6, 2019
A timeline for completion has not yet been revealed.
Lead Photo Courtesy of John Turner.