New Streetcars On Track For Toronto
McGuinty Government Investment Creates Northern Jobs
Ontario will create jobs in Thunder Bay and improve public transit in Toronto with a $416-million investment in a new fleet of 204 streetcars.
According to Bombardier, manufacturing the streetcars would create more than 5,000 direct jobs and 10,300 indirect jobs in Ontario.
Prototype streetcars will be delivered in 2011 and new cars will be in service by 2012. The cars replace Toronto's aging fleet and will be more energy efficient, larger and more comfortable.
Funding will be provided through funds set aside for infrastructure stimulus investments over the next two years and through Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan.
Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested more than $7.4 billion in public transit, including more than $2.5 billion to GO Transit. Toronto has received close to $3 billion in transit funding in the last six years.
- The new streetcars are larger and more comfortable - they can carry up to 50 per cent more transit riders than the older streetcars.
- On May 15, 2009, the McGuinty government announced funding for the Sheppard East Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which will generate about 9,500 jobs.
- The McGuinty government also recently announced $8.6 billion in funding for regional transit projects, including the Finch West LRT, Scarborough RT upgrade and extension, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, York Viva BRT, and planning for rapid transit in Hamilton.
- In 2007, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) carried more than 460 million riders, the second busiest year in the TTC's 87-year history.
“We are building a better public transit system for Ontario families. Our investments in transit are creating jobs, easing traffic congestion and helping make the air we breathe cleaner.”
“Our government is committed to creating jobs and this infrastructure investment will deliver a real boost to our local economy. This is a chance to make the most of the skills and hard work of northerners to improve the quality of life for our region and for all Ontarians.”
“This is great news for Thunder Bay, as Bombardier is a crucial contributor to our local economy. Our government recognizes that investing in important infrastructure projects like this one will make us even stronger when we emerge from these tough economic times.”
“I want to thank Premier McGuinty and the Ontario Government for their support of this important infrastructure project. The Provincial commitment will not only ensure Toronto is able to improve its public transit system, it will stimulate the economy by creating high-paying manufacturing, engineering and construction jobs in Ontario and across Canada.”