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
- Signal upgrades
- Second track installation
- Guelph Central Station second platform
- Retaining wall repairs
- Maintenance work between Dublin Street and Wyndham Street
- A study for the future electrification of the rail line from Georgetown to Kitchener (paused)
- Maintenance work on tracks between Edinburgh Road South and Glasgow Street South
- No impact on traffic; residents may hear minor construction noise
- This work supports and prepares for two-way all-day GO Train service to Kitchener
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.
Other bridge work
This project is currently underway. In consideration of Farmers Market activities, work will be happening on weekdays instead of weekends. Work is being completed in two phases. The first will be the demolition of the south bridge span and installation of a new bridge span. This work has been completed. The second phase is the demolition of the north bridge span and the installation of a new north bridge span. During this work, sidewalks and bike lanes along Wilson Street will be closed on weekdays only. Downtown Guelph can be accessed via Macdonell Street or Fountain Street East during this time. The art murals located underneath the bridge have been temporarily removed to avoid damage during the bridge replacement. A notice will be issued from Metrolinx when the second phase of work has been scheduled.
Rehabilitation work has also started at Norfolk Street bridge and will conclude in fall 2022. This work will require some traffic lane, bike lane and sidewalk closures on Norfolk Street with a signed detour routes.
Learn more about other road impacts in Wellington County.
These bridge rehabilitation projects are necessary to address the condition of these structures and support increased rail traffic, specifically for two-way all-day GO service.
Beginning May 2021, Metrolinx is improving signals along their rail corridor. The first phase of work is planned between Edinburgh Road and Yorkshire Street. This work includes removing signal equipment at Dublin Street. Details are available in the Metrolinx notice.
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, likely in early 2023.
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. Details are available in the Metrolinx notice.
Retaining wall repairs downtown
Metrolinx has started repairing two sections of the retaining wall along the south side of the rail tracks, this work will conclude late 2022. One section is along the Waterloo Avenue Park between Dublin Street and Norfolk Street and the other is from Wilson Street to the Guelph Armoury parking lot. The 11 bicycle racks and butterfly art display by the Farmers’ Market have been temporarily removed while equipment is set up and work completed on the retaining wall. Details are available in the Metrolinx notice.
For more information
City of Guelph, Traffic Services
Metrolinx, Guelph-Wellington Community Relations