Through its Moving Ontario Forward plan, the government is investing in improvements across the GO Transit network to increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy. Funding through Moving Ontario Forward will also be used to build priority rapid transit projects that will connect to GO Transit and other systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
On April 16, 2015, Ontario moved ahead with its plan to unlock the value of certain public assets. The net gain provides Ontario with approximately $4 billion, which will go to Trillium Trust, where every dollar is set to build new transit and other priority infrastructure projects through Moving Ontario Forward.
Together with other asset optimization strategies, this would provide Ontario with $5.7 billion, or about $2.6 billion more from asset optimization than previously assumed. This increases Ontario’s total commitment to Moving Ontario Forward from $29 billion to $31.5 billion. This is part of the province’s plan to invest more than $130 billion over 10 years in public infrastructure, which represents the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history.
The government is working with its agency, Metrolinx, to bring Regional Express Rail to the GO rail network. Regional Express Rail is the province’s 10-year initiative that will give people throughout the GTHA new travel options, with faster and more frequent GO rail service and electrification on core segments of the GO rail network.
GO RER service on the Kitchener line represents:
Currently, there are 80 weekly trips on the Kitchener line; over the next five years, that number will grow to more than 250. Over the next 10 years, weekly trips across the entire GO rail network will grow from approximately 1,500 trips to nearly 6,000.
As part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario history, the province is making improvements across the Kitchener GO Transit corridor to give people more transit options, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy.
Maximizing the value of public assets is part of the government’s plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“The government is expanding access to transit and building the necessary infrastructure for now and for the future. People using the Kitchener GO corridor will benefit from more train trips and future two-way, all-day service. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”
— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“Ontario’s increased investments in transit infrastructure will create improved GO train service for Ontario families all along the Kitchener-Guelph-Georgetown-Brampton-Bramalea-Union corridor.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP, Guelph
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