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Ontario Government Unveils Transit Infrastructure Plans

Web posted on June 27, 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne, along with Steven Del Duca, the Minister of Transportation, put renewed focus today on the government's transit and transportation plan.

"The time has come to get Ontario moving again, to connect our communities and help people get where they need to go faster whether it's work, home or getting the kids to soccer practice. We are committed to building transportation infrastructure that makes life easier for people in every region of the province." Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.

At the GO Transit Don Yard in Toronto, the Premier and Minister Del Duca highlighted how the government's Moving Ontario Forward plan would boost productivity, make it easier for people to move around, and create jobs now and for tomorrow.

Through this plan, the government would make nearly $29 billion available over the next 10 years for investments in priority transportation infrastructure projects across the province, including public transit, roads, bridges and highways.

The government plans to create two new dedicated funds. One fund would support transit investments in the GTHA, and the other would support transportation infrastructure investments outside the GTHA. Initiatives outside the GTHA could include infrastructure development in the Ring of Fire, funding for transportation delivered by the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission and strategic highway improvements.

An important part of the plan in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is modernizing the GO rail system to provide all-day two-way service, in part by phasing in electric train service. GO Regional Express Rail would seamlessly connect communities in the region, allowing people to move in and out of Toronto's downtown core and across the GTHA more easily, at any time of day.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to put our government's new transit and transportation plan into action. I know it will help improve people's lives and enhance communities across Ontario." Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.

According to one study, congestion in the GTHA is costing Ontarians and the economy $6 billion a year in the region alone. That cost is projected to rise to $15 billion by 2031. Improving transit and transportation is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.