Improvements to rail service, including electrification, benefit people in Guelph by providing improved transit services for regional connectivity. Whether commuting to work or enjoying events and amenities in other communities, better connections is a priority identified in both the Community Plan and the City’s strategic plan, Guelph. Future ready.
Metrolinx has the following projects underway that affect Guelph:
- Other bridge work – complete
- Signal upgrades – complete
- Second track installation
- Guelph Central Station second platform
- Retaining wall repairs – complete
- Maintenance work between Dublin Street and Wyndham Street – complete
- A study for the future electrification of the rail line from Georgetown to Kitchener (paused)
- Paving work happening at the Alma St. crossing on April 30 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You can learn more about these projects on the Metrolinx website. Metrolinx consults the City of Guelph on projects related to rail service to and through Guelph. The City provides input from a community perspective, as well as technical information about aspects including existing infrastructure, transportation planning and the City’s Official Plan.
Future electrification of rail lines (paused)
Metrolinx initiated a study (transit project assessment process/environmental assessment) to prepare for the future electrification of their rail line from Kitchener to Georgetown. The purpose of Metrolinx’s study was to understand the existing conditions, and potential effects of the infrastructure needed to support future electrification, including plans for a traction power substation (power station) in Guelph.
Metrolinx has put this study on hold.
Review of at-grade rail crossings
An at-grade rail crossing is where there is no separation of roads and sidewalks from the rail line: people can walk, bike and drive across the rail line at these crossings. Also known as level rail crossings. There are six at-grade rail crossings along the Metrolinx Kitchener GO Line in Guelph:
- Alma Street
- Edinburgh Road
- Yorkshire Street
- Glasgow Street
- Dublin Street (now closed)
- Watson Parkway North
City’s rail crossing study
The City is working with Parsons Inc. on a feasibility study of all travelers crossing the Metrolinx rail corridor. This study will include extensive community engagement and travel pattern studies. This study includes community engagement and travel pattern studies. The study examines the need for grade separation at the Edinburgh Road rail crossing and requirements for vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist crossings of Metrolinx tracks within the study area. It also considers the feasibility of new crossings for active transportation users only in Margaret Greene Park, at Dublin Street, and at Cityview Drive.
Second track installation
Metrolinx is re-installing a second track between Silvercreek Parkway and Guelph Central Station to accommodate increased rail service. Metrolinx contractors are working on constructing new track segments which will be placed along the rail corridor. The final phase of this work will require short-term road closures on Alma Street, Edinburgh Road, Yorkshire Street and Glasgow Street.
Guelph Central Station second platform
Metrolinx is constructing a platform on the south side of Guelph Central Station. The platform will extend from just west of Wyndham Street to the east to approximately where Neeve Street would cross the tracks.
December 21, 2022
November 25, 2022
For more information
City of Guelph, Traffic Services
Metrolinx, Guelph-Wellington Community Engagement