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Trudeau announces major GO RER pledge

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by DCN News Services

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne chose a Toronto GO station to announce a federal commitment to spend more than $1.8 billion on the GO Transit Regional Express Rail (RER) project in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne along with other representatives at the GO Transit Willowbrook Rail Maintenance Facility in Etobicoke on March 31 to announce GO RER spending.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne along with other representatives at the GO Transit Willowbrook Rail Maintenance Facility in Etobicoke on March 31 to announce GO RER spending. - Photo: GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

The support was referenced in the 2017 federal budget and will be provided through the New Building Canada Fund. The media conference was held March 31.

"GO RER will deliver fast, electric trains as frequently as 15 minutes in both directions, serving communities in the GTHA and beyond, including the Waterloo Region and Barrie. It will add new stops and cut down travel times," said Wynne in a media statement.

"Over the last few years the province has made significant progress towards modernizing the entire GO network, allocating $13.5 billion towards GO RER and another $7.8 billion to upgrade and extend the GO network to include regular service to Niagara and Bowmanville. At $21.3 billion, the GO capital program is the largest commuter rail program in Canada."

Trudeau also announced more than 300 additional projects have been approved in Ontario under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund with more than $200 million to be allocated.

Among the larger projects are $4.4 million for construction of PULSE bus-only lanes on Highway 2 between Westney Road and Harwood Avenue in Durham Region, $3.7 million for preparation for the Raleigh Garage Facility Expansion in Durham Region, $14.3 million for the design and planning of a new maintenance and storage facility in lower Hamilton, over $3.5 million for transit shelter and bus stop rehabilitation in Hamilton, almost $6 million for Shift rapid transit engineering in London, $8 million for rehabilitation of the Dundas Place transit hub in London and over $2 million for the installation of tactile plates at pedestrian crossings to meet accessibility requirements in Mississauga.

Many of the largest allocations out of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund are not for infrastructure projects but rather for the purchase of new buses, including over $30 million designated for new Mississauga buses. Under this fund, the federal government is contributing 50 per cent of costs.

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