Woodbine Racetrack set to receive new privately funded GO station

The entire project will cost between $70 and $90 million

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.

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.

A timeline for completion has not yet been revealed.
Lead Photo Courtesy of John Turner.