It's official! The long-anticipated GO Transit maintenance facility in Whitby will be built. The announcement was made yesterday, although no completion date has been announced.
In recent months, workers began clearing the site, suggesting that the plan would indeed go ahead. The facility will be important for GO as it will create a maintenance hub to the east of Toronto. Currently, all GO equipment must be serviced at the Mimico site west of downtown Toronto.
Press release here.
Durham Region News article here.
This is not the first plan to build a maintenance facility in Whitby. In the mid 1980s, the proposed light rail line from Durham Region to Toronto included plans to build maintenance shops in Whitby, essentially where GO's facility will be built. For more details on the history of the site, see my book Stand Clear of the Doors.