GO Expansion Creating 68,000 Jobs In Construction And Manufacturing
HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals will increase GO
train service to Hamilton and throughout the GTA, providing two-way,
full-day service seven days a week and creating 68,000 jobs throughout
Ontario, said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"This is about making public transit work better and creating jobs for
families, right now," said Premier McGuinty. "We're committed to having
two-way, full-day service seven days a week, and we will have it in
place for Hamilton in time for the Pan Am Games, which means job
creation will get an immediate boost because work will be getting
To bring in the new service, two new stations will be built in Hamilton
— at James Street North and Confederation Station, creating about 8,000
local jobs during construction. Across the GTA, new jobs will be
created in construction, design and engineering because new tracks need
to be put in to meet the new demands. The investment will also create
demand for manufactured goods such as electrical equipment, steel and
Because more trains will be running, more coaches need to be ordered —
and GO is doubling its rolling stock, creating new opportunities for
rail car manufacturers in northern Ontario. For example, the Ontario
Liberal government's previous investments in GO Transit meant the
purchase of 200 coaches since 2004 from the Bombardier plant in Thunder
The last PC government recklessly gutted transit — and made a mess of GO
Transit in particular. First, they downloaded GO to the municipalities
and then took it back after it strained local budgets. It was under the
last NDP government that GO Transit's era of continuous growth was
brought to a stop. They also eliminated GO service to some cities and
reduced many others to rush-hour-only service.
Now, the Hudak PCs have $14 billion in unfunded giveaways and tax cuts
that would mean deep cuts to hospitals and schools. The Horwath NDP
would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job killing taxes. Both would
take Ontario off track at the worst time.
Studies show that traffic congestion costs the Greater Toronto and
Hamilton areas $6 billion a year — and it could cost $15 billion a year
if no one takes action. Today's announcement builds on the Ontario
Liberal commitment to provide a money-back guarantee if a train is more
than 15 minutes late.
"As people in Hamilton work hard to attract new types of businesses and
appeal to younger families, frequent GO train service only adds to the
great quality of life in this community," said Premier McGuinty.
"Together with our record investments in transit across the province,
we're creating jobs today — and by keeping people and goods moving,
we're ensuring Ontario succeeds in the new economy."
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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