Restoring A Service The NDP Cut; Delivering On A Failed Tory Commitment
BARRIE, ON, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberals are delivering
something the Conservatives promised for nine years in government but never
delivered: restored GO Train service between Barrie and Toronto.
Premier Dalton McGuinty announced this morning the train service - cut by
the NDP in 1993 - will be up and running by the end of this year.
"This is something our candidate in Barrie, Aileen Carroll, has fought
long and hard for, because she understands that this rapidly growing community
deserves rapid transit that allows families to spend less time stuck in their
cars and more time together," Premier McGuinty said here today.
"Only the Ontario Liberals have a positive, specific plan to reduce
gridlock, keep goods and people moving efficiently, and provide more family
time for hardworking commuters. And only Aileen Carroll will work hard to
deliver these kinds of improvements for the people of Barrie."
The new GO Train service will link a new parking lot and a station at
Mapleview Road in Barrie to Union Station in downtown Toronto.
"This will improve the quality of life for our community in many ways
because gridlock not only harms our economy, it steals time from our
families," Carroll said.
"As a federal MP, a resident of Barrie, and now as an Ontario Liberal
candidate, I have been pushing for this project for years. I'm thrilled that
it's Dalton McGuinty, working with the people of Barrie and other levels of
government, who is delivering what the Conservatives never did. It makes me
more enthusiastic than ever about all the things we can do for Barrie over the
next four years."
The next phase of the development is a doubling of the capacity of the
Bradford GO rail line linking Barrie and Toronto. That's part of MoveOntario
2020, the Ontario Liberals' plan to invest $17.5 billion on 52 new and
expanded rapid transit projects.
The Conservatives and New Democrats oppose MoveOntario 2020, and will not
proceed with it.
Under the plan, capacity will be expanded on every GO Transit line. The
Lakeshore line, GO's busiest, will be electrified, a third track will be
added, and it will be extended east to Bowmanville and west to Hamilton.
Since 2003, the Ontario Liberals have invested $1.8 billion in GO
Transit. When the Conservatives were in office, they eliminated provincial
subsidies to GO Transit.
"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," McGuinty said.
"The other parties' negative attacks and criticism won't build transit,
create jobs or provide commuters with more family time, but our positive plan
McGuinty was scheduled to make another rapid transit announcement in
Mississauga, following his stop here in Barrie.
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