Anyone living in the Greater Golden Horseshoe should be excited by the prospect of GO Transit’s future plans. With over $32 billion in transit projects in 31 different municipalities, GO Transit is taking an enormous step to drastically change the landscape in this region of Canada, heading further into the 21st century.
For those who don’t know, the Greater Golden Horseshoe is “centred on the City of Toronto and covers almost 32,000 square kilometres and includes large cities, rapidly growing suburban municipalities, mid-sized centres, small towns and villages, and rural areas.” - Neptis
It is currently one of North America’s fastest growing regions, with 9 million people inhabiting the region, about one quarter of Canada’s population. By 2041, it is forecasted to have a population of 13.5 million. As University of Toronto Professor Richard Florida mentioned in the Toronto Star, “the total economic output of… the Golden Horseshoe — is responsible for about “$700 billion” (U.S) in economic output. Which means our … region is equivalent to that of Sweden. So we are a city state, a mega region.” The Star
Below is a map of the region.
With these projections in mind, it will be interesting to see how much GO Transit’s future plans will affect the region’s modal share, which holds automobiles at 80% and GO Rail only at 1%. With politicians concerned about automobile traffic in the region, GO Transit’s future projects can help take the load off of highly congested highways.
Whether or not these projects will be constructed or implemented on time is another question. Regardless, we will be watching as the greatest infrastructure project in Canada’s history moves forward; one that will radically change the landscape of this fast-paced and booming region.
Feel free to explore the links below to discover a future project or upgrade in your area.