Canada, Ontario Invest in GO Service Improvements Across the GTA
GO Transit riders will benefit from an additional $213 million in service improvements as part of the $500 million joint investment between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
These projects will reduce wait times for commuters and get more cars off the road.
"These investments in public transit will give people more time with their families while also creating jobs and making a real difference to the communities GO serves," said Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, John Baird. "We're getting people moving, and the economy going."
"Ontario is investing in public transit to combat congestion and climate change and make transit more convenient so more people leave their cars at home," said Ontario's Transportation Minister, Jim Bradley. "Supporting public transit creates jobs that help boost the economy."
Today's announcement builds upon the $249 million in federal and provincial funding previously announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Dalton McGuinty for expansion of GO Transit parking facilities across the Greater Toronto Area and the Hamilton Junction rail-to-rail grade separation project, bringing the total commitment to date to $462 million. The remainder of the joint Canada-Ontario commitment will be confirmed in the near future.
In addition to maintenance activities across the system, GO will refurbish locomotives and purchase new two-level passenger rail coaches, install snow-melt systems and build bicycle shelters using the federal and provincial funding.
A backgrounder with information on the GO Transit revitalization projects, including a complete list of funded projects, is attached.