GO Transit Buys CN Line to Expand Commuter Rail Service

In a deal valued at C$160 million, GO Transit will acquire CN's Weston Subdivision for expanded GO service between Union Station and regions northwest of the Toronto. This will better position GO to add more services, build new infrastructure and expand operations along the Georgetown rail corridor.

This strategically important rail line runs from a point near Strachan Avenue and Wellington Street West in downtown Toronto, northwest through the city to CN's main east-west freight line near the intersection of Steeles Avenue and Bramalea Road.

GO currently runs its Georgetown commuter rail service over the line, which also accommodates VIA Rail trains running between Toronto, Kitchener, and other points in southwestern Ontario. In total, the two passenger carriers operate 46 trains per day over the line, while CN runs three daily local freight trains along this corridor.

Under its agreement with GO Transit, CN will continue to serve its freight customers on the Weston Subdivision. VIA Rail will also continue to operate trains on the line. GO Transit carries nearly 55 million passengers a year on a network of train and bus routes.