Three new GO train stops and a maintenance yard
could be on track to Oshawa by 2013.
Coun. Robert Lutczyk told Sun Media about the plan, gleaned from the Oshawa east rail feasibility study and presented to councillors this week.
The plan is set to undergo an environmental assessment this summer.
Lutczyk said GO is looking at either continuing service along the CN tracks south of Hwy. 401 or crossing north into the city's downtown along the CP tracks.
"I'm excited about the prospect of further GO train options and opportunities for people in Oshawa and surrounding area," Lutczyk said yesterday. "This is very timely and we certainly need the additional facilities."
The three potential stations could be at Stevenson Rd. and Gibb St., Simcoe St. and Olive Ave., and Bloor St. East near Grandview Dr.
A GO train maintenance depot could also be installed after the last Oshawa station, Lutcyzk said.
"My ideal scenario is the CP line," he said. "If it's on the north side it services residential areas and it services Simcoe St. - that's our main north-south bus line, that's our main street period.
"That will be a moneymaker for transit here in Oshawa."
GO Transit was tight-lipped about the feasibility study yesterday.
"This feasibility study contains preliminary information and no decision has been made about the potential route or station locations, which means we are limited in the information we are providing to the public at this point," GO spokesman Vanessa Thomas said.
An environmental assessment looking
at expanding service to Bowmanville would get
underway in June with a formal EA starting in six
months and taking about a year to complete, she