Eli Ridder | Report
A GO Transit station will be built at Woodbine Racetrack, government officials confirmed from the entertainment complex on Wednesday morning.
Currently, the closest GO Transit hub for students at Humber College’s North Campus is the Etobicoke North station, about a 10-minute drive away, but a new hub at Woodbine could offer greater ease-of-access for students.
The Avro Post has reached out to the Toronto Transit Commission to confirm if there will be a shuttle from the widely used transit hub at North Campus to the station built at Woodbine, which is located just minutes south off of Highway 27.
“Our government is putting Ontario’s transit users and taxpayers first by delivering a modern GO station at Woodbine,” said Minister Yurek, saying he aims to “address transit needs and get relief to people” who rely on GO Transit.
In a press release, the government explained that the move is part of a “broader strategy to deliver more transit solutions” in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
“The province is pursuing a transit-oriented development approach to the delivery of transit infrastructure to reduce the cost to taxpayers,” the government post said.
Member of Provincial Parliament for Etobicoke Centre and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation Kinga Surma and Metrolinx chief executive Phil Verster joined Minister Yurek at Woodbine for the announcement.
“A new GO station at Woodbine will offer opportunities to live and work near a major employer and entertainment destination, as well as better access to the local community and jobs in this employment mega zone,” said Verster.
“This is a wonderful announcement for our customers. We look forward to working with Woodbine Entertainment on this exciting venture.”
“This is an exciting day for Woodbine Entertainment and the entire community,” said company CEO Jim Lawson, saying that “bringing mass transit to the Woodbine property is a big part of a larger vision” to produce profits and serve the community.
“It will be a major commercial and employment hub that will include mixed-use residential, commercial space, sports and recreations facilities, parks and public space.”
The station will feature fully accessible and barrier-free facilities, and direct road, bicycle, and sidewalk access, according to the government press release.
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