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$1bn marked for LRT in Ontario; part of huge $31.5bn investment plan.

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Jun 3, 2015

ONTARIO"...give people a faster, more convenient way to connect to the things that matter to them.”

Ontario will provide up to $1 billion to build a new light rail transit (LRT) line in Hamilton as part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history. Announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne the province will cover 100 per cent of the capital costs of building the LRT in Ontario, which aims to grow the economy, reduce travel times and connect people to jobs and to other transit systems.

Speaking at the launch, Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx; “This substantial infrastructure investment in Hamilton is critical to the growth and prosperity of the entire GTHA — with improved links to the GO rail network and new LRT that will add even more travel choice and give people a faster, more convenient way to connect to the things that matter to them.”

In the 2015 Budget, the government committed to investing in rapid transit in Hamilton as part of the Moving Ontario Forward plan. Through this plan, Ontario will invest $31.5bn investment over 10 years in public transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects across the province. The Hamilton LRT project aligns with the government's priority of investing in rapid transit projects that will connect to GO Transit and other transit systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

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Investing in priority transit infrastructure is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

  • Construction is currently underway to build the new West Harbour GO Station to be open in time for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
  • To ensure that every region in the province benefits fairly from Moving Ontario Forward, the government is allocating dedicated funds to the GTHA and outside the GTHA based on their relative shares of the population using census data from Statistics Canada.
  • The Moving Ontario Forward plan is expected to support more than 20,000 jobs per year, on average, in construction and related industries over the next 10 years.
  • Over the next 10 years, weekly trips across the GO rail network will grow from about 1,500 trips to nearly 6,000. The government is working with its agency Metrolinx to bring Regional Express Rail service to the GO rail network.

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