Moving Commuters and Businesses More Quickly Across the GTHA

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Moving Commuters and Businesses More Quickly Across the GTHA

GO Regional Express Rail Would Reduce Congestion

Office of the Premier

The new Moving Ontario Forward plan would work toward phasing in electric train service every 15 minutes on all GO lines.

GO Regional Express Rail would provide faster, more frequent service on GO corridors, in both directions, all day long. The service would create a viable alternative for people driving on busy highways from communities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) by providing a faster, more flexible way to get in and out of Toronto's downtown core. It would also give commuters within Toronto another way to get downtown by increasing service between GO stations and Union Station. A commuter could get to Union Station from Danforth GO Station in just 9 minutes, or from Bloor GO Station in just 15 minutes.

This is part of the government's long-term transit and infrastructure plan, Moving Ontario Forward. This plan would make nearly $29 billion available over the next 10 years for investments in priority infrastructure projects across the province, including public transit, roads, bridges and highways.

Making smart investments in public transit is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • According to one study, congestion in the GTHA is costing Ontarians and the economy $6 billion a year in the region alone.
  • As part of the Moving Ontario Forward plan, the government intends to create two new dedicated funds to address critical local, regional and provincial transportation infrastructure needs. One fund would support infrastructure investments in the GTHA, and the other would support infrastructure investments outside the GTHA.
  • The government’s funding plan would not increase the tax on gasoline, HST, or personal income taxes on low- and middle-income earners.
  • Further details about this plan will be provided in Ontario’s upcoming Budget.

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Kathleen Wynne

“If we want to boost productivity and grow our economy, we need to build a seamless transportation network across the province. Moving forward on GO Regional Express Rail would help ease congestion, get people where they need to be faster, and strengthen our economy.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

Glen R. Murray

“Our government is committed to improving transit for people who are looking for the fastest way from home to work and back. Our vision to bring GO Regional Express Rail service to commuters is a surefire way to get people and businesses moving.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure

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