Kick-Starting The Biggest Transit Improvement In Canadian History



    $100 Million First Phase Of MoveOntario 2020 Will Mean Immediate
    Investment In New Trains, Buses, Tracks And Facilities Throughout The GTA
    And Hamilton

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberals will kick start
the historic MoveOntario 2020 plan to fight gridlock with a $100 million
investment that will buy new GO trains and buses, expanded GO tracks, a new
transit terminal in Markham, and six new hybrid buses for Hamilton.
    "We're getting started on the biggest transit project in Canadian history
by moving forward now on the projects the Greater Toronto Transportation
Authority has identified as the first things we should do," McGuinty said.
    "Our families are counting on us to ease gridlock so they can spend more
time together, and our economy is counting on us to ensure we can move people
and goods more efficiently, so we need to act now."
    MoveOntario 2020 will deliver 52 rapid transit projects, covering
902 kilometres, at a cost of $17.5 billion. Construction begins next year with
95 per cent of the massive plan to be completed by 2020.
    The first step, though, is to deliver immediate improvements for
commuters by investing $100 million for:

    
     -  20 new GO Train bi-level coaches purchased from Bombardier in Thunder
        Bay.
     -  10 new double-decker GO buses.
     -  Construction of the new Cornell Terminal, near Highway 407 and the
        Don Cousens Parkway in Markham, and three intermediate stations in
        the Cornell community.
     -  Six new hybrid, articulated buses dedicated to the Upper James
        Corridor in Hamilton.
    

    In addition, the Ontario Liberals will hold onto the site of the former
OPP headquarters at 90 Harbour Street in Toronto while the GTTA evaluates
whether it is the best location for a new inter-regional bus terminal close to
Union Station.
    "Only the Ontario Liberals have a positive and specific plan to move our
families, and our economy, forward by building new and expanded rapid transit
across the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton," McGuinty said.
    "The other parties' negativity and criticism won't build transit, create
jobs or provide commuters with more family time, but our positive plan will."
    The other parties oppose MoveOntario 2020 and will not proceed with it.
    Visiting a transit garage here in Mississauga, McGuinty demonstrated the
new Presto transit card, which can now be used by commuters to ride both GO
Transit and Mississauga transit, and will eventually be used to ride nine
transit systems, from Hamilton to Oshawa.
    MoveOntario 2020 will deliver projects including electrification of GO's
Lakeshore line to speed up commute times, extension of the Yonge Street subway
to Highway 7, a new GO link to Pearson International Airport, and seven
dedicated streetcar corridors as laid out in the City of Toronto's Transit
City Vision.
    "We know how to get Ontarians where they need to be, faster. And we know
how to get our goods and services to market, faster," he added.
    Earlier today in Barrie, McGuinty joined Barrie candidate Aileen Carroll
to announce the Ontario Liberals will restore this year GO Train service
between Barrie and Toronto - service that was cut by the NDP in 1993 and
promised by the Conservatives during their nine years in government but never
delivered.
    "Getting MoveOntario 2020 underway is just another way we're moving
Ontario forward, together," McGuinty said.

    
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