NEWS RELEASE - Ontario Opens New Parking Structure at Rutherford GO Station
Updated: Jun 20, 2022
Vaughan — MPP Stephen Lecce announced the official opening of a new major infrastructure upgrade --- a 1200 spot parking structure at the Rutherford GO Station in Vaughan. This project is part of a larger initiative, totalling $239 million in investment to enhance the Rutherford GO station features in order to reduce traffic, while supporting future two-way, all-day service along the Barrie GO line.
“I am firmly committed to delivering better transit options, expanded parking and a better commuter experience for Vaughan families,” said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan. “We are delivering a modern transit hub at Rutherford GO that will reduce congestion, protect the environment, and get Vaughan moving.”
The completed improvements to Rutherford GO station include a new parking structure featuring approximately 1,200 net new spaces and 100 new secure bike parking spots. The structure is fully accessible and provides approximately 30 spaces reserved for accessible parking. The parking structure is also a gold level certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, and includes digital displays, lighting, electric vehicle charging, and a state-of-the-art car counting system.
“The new, modern parking structure at Rutherford GO marks another improvement for transit riders in Vaughan. This parking structure delivers more than 1,000 net new parking spaces and 100 new spots for secure bike storage,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Our government knows how important it is for GO Transit riders to be able to conveniently access transit and that’s why we continue to find and build solutions that make a real difference.”
The station improvements will support plans for 15-minute service on the Barrie GO line beyond Rutherford GO in the future, serving Vaughan and communities like King, Aurora and Bradford.
"The City of Vaughan is pleased to welcome the new parking structure at the Rutherford GO Station. This much-needed infrastructure has created more than 1,000 new parking spaces to service this critical link in one of Vaughan's busiest transit hubs. Additionally, new significant infrastructure includes a pedestrian bridge and the completion of rail grade separation over Rutherford Road to improve transportation and mobility within the vicinity of the Rutherford GO Station. With an emerging downtown core, thousands of businesses and more than 335,000 residents, Vaughan is one of Ontario's fastest-growing municipalities. The City is experiencing first-hand the positive benefits of having a subway in the heart of the downtown core, the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC). The VMC Subway, VivaNext Highway 7 Bus Rapid Transitway and SmartCentres Place Bus Terminal continue to be catalysts for job creation, attracting investments and stimulating transformative city-building opportunities. As we continue to build a world-class city, creating economically sound, safe, accessible and seamless transportation connections will benefit commuters in Vaughan and throughout the GTHA."
~ Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
The new parking structure features approximately 1,200 net new spaces.
The structure is fully accessible and provides approximately 30 spaces reserved for accessible parking.
100 new secure bike parking spots are also available inside the new parking structure.
The new Rutherford GO station building will be fully accessible with ramps, railings, and accessible washroom facilities, and will include updated amenities such as customer washrooms, seating, digital displays, as well as a spacious and well-lit waiting area.
Through the GO Expansion program, two-way, all-day electrified GO train service, every 15-minutes or better, will extend past Aurora GO Station to Bradford GO. Barrie South and Allandale Waterfront will receive 30-minute two-way, all-day GO service.