A new, modern parking structure at Rutherford GO Station in Vaughan opened on Friday.
With 1,200 new net spaces and 100 new secure bicycle parking spaces, the project is part of a $239 million initiative to reduce traffic and support future two-way, all-day service along the Barrie Line GO.
“This much-needed infrastructure has created more than 1,000 new parking spaces to serve this critical link in one of Vaughan’s busiest transit hubs,” Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua said Friday during the opening ceremony.
As one of Ontario’s fastest growing municipalities, Vaughan directly benefits from the positive benefits of having a subway in the downtown core, the Vaughan Metropolitan Center (CMV) as well as other transit, which continue to be catalysts for job creation, said the mayor.
The new parking structure in Rutherford is fully accessible and offers approximately 30 dedicated accessible parking spaces. It is also a gold level certification under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
“I am strongly committed to providing better transit options, expanded parking and a better transportation experience for families in Vaughan,” said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan.
The Rutherford GO station is one of a total of seven GO stations identified by Vaughan, including the proposed Kirby GO and Concord GO stations.
Vaughan’s population is expected to increase 36% by 2031 and jobs are expected to increase 18% over the same period.