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Clarington Council delays demolition of former fire hall in Newcastle to allow GO transit to continue to use the site as a turnaround

Clarington September 19, 2017/- Clarington Council has decided to delay the demolition of the former fire hall in Newcastle Village for the foreseeable future. GO Transit is currently using the property as a temporary turnaround for its double-decker buses, allowing the buses access to pick up commuters in town. It allows the GO bus to provide continuity of transit for residents living in downtown Newcastle who otherwise would have to walk to the GO Transit Newcastle carpool lot located on the outskirts of the village.

The decision was made during Monday’s Council meeting. Clarington Engineering Services Staff will continue to work with Durham Region Transit on a solution that would provide transit services into the Village of Newcastle. Both GO Transit and Durham Region Transit are already working on a Transit Strategy for Newcastle; that may take several years to complete.

Clarington has been actively working with Metrolinx, the operator of GO Transit, to ensure residents have adequate access to transportation. In anticipation of the Lakeshore East GO Transit Extension, the Municipality is working on designing transportation hubs around the future GO Train stations in Courtice and Bowmanville. Clarington is looking to create livable, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, higher density communities around the stations.

The extended GO Transit Service in Clarington is expected to begin in 2024. The service will see four trains headed westbound from Bowmanville to Toronto during peak morning hours and four trains headed eastbound from Toronto to Bowmanville during afternoon peak hours.

“We are moving ahead and actively working with Metrolinx to facilitate the development of these much-needed GO Train stations. This is a large transit investment in our community that will help spur on added economic development and job creation in the long-term,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.

Clarington will provide updates on the progress of the GO Lakeshore East Extension project.

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