Region, areas serviced by GO trains would get spending boost of $1.2-billion
MACKIE, The Globe and Mail - Mar. 28, 2003
In a bid
to reduce highway congestion around Toronto, the Ontario, federal and
municipal governments plan to increase spending on GO Transit and on
York Region Transit by about $1.2-billion over the next few years.
Transit service will be provided for Barrie by rail and for Peterborough,
Cambridge, Niagara Falls and Kitchener-Waterloo by bus and train.
will improve and increase the access of GO trains to Union Station,
upgrade GO Transit's rail corridors to Georgetown and Milton, and allow
more trains to Bradford and Stouffville.
will be provided to start work on rapid transit in York Region. The
region is expected to have a population of 1.28 million by 2026.
the spending are to be announced in today's provincial economic statement.
An advance peek at the plans was provided yesterday by the federal government.
Each of the two governments is to provide $435-million for the transit
scheme. The rest of the money will come from local municipalities.
upgrade GO Transit have been under development since September, 2001,
when then premier Mike Harris declared it was a priority for the government.
are seen as essential to reduce gridlock in the area around Toronto
and into the Niagara Peninsula. Politically, these improvements are
vital if the Conservative government wants to hold on to its support
in the 905 regional belt around Toronto.
GO Transit carries more than 43 million passengers a year on its network
of trains and buses.
at the Union Station terminal in downtown Toronto has been a major obstacle
in any attempts to expand GO Transit service. The new money will allow
modernization of the 70-year-old track and signal installations to allow
additional GO and Via Rail trains to use the station.
track will be built from Union Station to Scarborough to allow additional
trains to operate during peak periods.
tracks will be built from Port Credit to Oakville and from Burlington
to Hamilton Junction. These expansions are a prerequisite for the extension
of the Lakeshore corridor westward into the Niagara Peninsula.
on the Georgetown and Milton corridors of GO Transit will allow additional
trains at peak periods and set the stage for all-day train service from
Brampton to Union Station.
separation is also considered essential for any future rail link from
Pearson Airport to Union Station.
for York Region Transit will pay for new rapid-transit vehicles and
stations along four corridors: Yonge-Newmarket, Highway 7, Vaughan-Downsview
and Markham-Don Mills.