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Ted McMeekin
M.P.P. - Ancaster-Dundas
Flamborough-Westdale


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Toronto, Ontario
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Waterdown, ON, L0R 2H0
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  Home / News Releases / ONTARIO GOVERNMENT’S BOLD NEW RAPID TRANSIT PLAN TO BENEFIT AREA RESIDENTS  

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT’S BOLD NEW RAPID TRANSIT PLAN TO BENEFIT AREA RESIDENTS

 

 

Waterdown ­­–the Ontario Government and Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot today released MoveOntario 2020, a bold new rapid transit plan that will create more jobs in the City of Hamilton and across the GTA, reduce congestion and improve the environment.

 

“This is great news for our community,” said MPP McMeekin.  “These transit investments will make a significant difference in the lives of the people who live and work in Hamilton area.  More accessible transit means quicker commutes, less traffic congestion and better air quality.”

 

“This is a rapid transit plan for Hamilton and surrounding communities where we have an urgent need as one of the fastest growing regions in North America,” said McGuinty.  “We want Hamilton and area residents spending less time commuting, and businesses getting their goods to market on time, which is vital to keeping Ontario’s economy strong.”

 

MoveOntario 2020, a $17.5 billion rapid transit plan is the largest transit investment in Canadian history.  By 2015, two-thirds of the construction for MoveOntario 2020 will be completed, with nearly full completion of the plan in 2020. 

 

The province is contributing up to $11.5 billion and is calling on the federal government to cover at least one third of the costs, expected to be $6 billion. The province will cover the balance of the capital costs and the province and municipalities will continue to share operating costs through the provincial gas tax program.  The Greater Toronto Transportation Authority has been asked to report back with an implementation plan for these projects by early 2008.

 

Ontario’s plan calls for 52 rapid transit projects that will create 175,000 jobs during construction while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the region by 10 megatonnes.

 

Under the new rapid transit plan, this area could see four transit projects including:

  • Increasing speed and reducing emissions by electrifying the GO Lakeshore line which will reduce travel between Hamilton and Union Station by approximately 15 minutes

  • The expansion of the Lakeshore West GO rail line

  • New rapid transit lines along King Street/Main Street and along James Street/Upper James Street

 

 

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For further information, please contact

Ted McMeekin, MPP  905-690-6552