Creating Jobs With Two-way, All-day Go Trains

Premier Highlights Ontario Liberal Plan At Toronto Board Of Trade

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty was at the Toronto Board of Trade today to discuss the Ontario Liberal Plan to create 68,000 GTA jobs as the province expands GO train service.

"Our goal is to build a high-skills, high-wage Ontario economy. To get that, you need to keep goods and people moving," said McGuinty. "That's why we're expanding GO train service to two-way service, all day, on all corridors."

The Ontario Liberals have allocated $6.8 billion in the long-term capital plan to lay down new tracks, expand stations and increase capacity in parking lots.  This will create some 68,000 Ontario construction and engineering jobs.

"This is about making sure you can get where you need to go — on time and on your schedule. It builds on our record investments in transit in the last eight years and our recent 15-minute service guarantee," said McGuinty. "But — above all — this is about strengthening the regional economy in the GTA, which helps strengthen our Ontario economy."

In just one hour on a typical weekday morning, some 45,000 people from communities like Hamilton, Barrie and Oshawa take the GO train to Union Station. If all those people drove to work instead of taking transit, the GTA would need to build four more Gardiner Expressways and four new Don Valley Parkways to accommodate the extra cars.

Ontario Liberals have been working hard to improve GO. Since 2003, we've invested $4.7 billion to build new lines, improve stations, add new trains and increase service.  Now, there are 12 million more people riding GO than in 2003 — a 28% increase. Today, 94% of all rush-hour trains are on time and passenger satisfaction with GO is 82% — up from 59% a year ago.

The last PC government recklessly gutted transit — and made a mess of GO Transit in particular. First, they downloaded GO to the municipalities, then uploaded it again. Now, the Hudak PCs are at it again. They have a $14 billion hole in their platform — which would mean deep cuts to transit at a time when transit is most needed.

The last NDP government also cut GO service and now would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job-killing taxes.  Both would take Ontario off track at the worst time.

"Ontario families need experience and a steady hand so we can move forward, together, in uncertain times," said Ontario Liberal Campaign Chair Greg Sorbara.   "We need the strong, steady leadership that only Dalton McGuinty can provide.  Only Ontario Liberals have a plan to move Ontario forward — and I'm very pleased to see that our strong plan includes two-way, all-day GO trains."

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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Ontario Liberal Party Media Office: 416 961-3800 ext. 328

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