McGuinty Government's Bold New Rapid Transit Plan To Benefit Barrie Residents



    Largest Rapid Transit Expansion in Canada's History

    BARRIE, ON, June 15 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister of
Transportation Donna Cansfield today released MoveOntario 2020, a bold new
rapid transit plan that will create more jobs in the City of Barrie, reduce
traffic congestion and improve the environment.
    "The people of Barrie deserve a transit system that meets their needs so
they can spend less time commuting and more time with their families," Premier
McGuinty said. "Businesses will also be able to get their goods to market on
time and keep Ontario's economy strong."
    MoveOntario 2020, a $17.5 billion rapid transit plan, is the largest
transit investment in Canadian history. By 2015, two-thirds of the
construction for MoveOntario 2020 will be completed, with nearly full
completion of the plan in 2020.
    The province is contributing up to $11.5 billion and is calling on the
federal government to cover at least one third of the costs, expected to be $6
billion. The province will cover the balance of the capital costs and the
province and municipalities will continue to share operating costs through the
existing provincial gas tax program. The Greater Toronto Transportation
Authority has been asked to report back with an implementation plan for these
projects by early 2008.
    Ontario's plan calls for 52 rapid transit projects that will create
175,000 jobs during construction. By 2020, it will also reduce carbon dioxide
emissions in the region by 10 megatonnes.

    
    Under the new rapid transit plan, the City of Barrie would see the:

    -  Expansion of service on the Bradford GO rail line extension to Barrie
       beyond the four daily trains expected to serve Barrie by late 2007
    -  Doubling the tracks to allow for more frequent service
    

    "Transforming our system will not happen overnight, but it must be done,"
Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield said. "We need to develop a
sustainable transportation system which gets people out of their cars and onto
transit to reduce congestion and improve our environment."

    
    Disponible en français

                              www.mto.gov.on.ca


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                          MOVEONTARIO 2020 PROJECTS

    GO Transit Commuter Rail
    ------------------------

    1.  GO Lakeshore West rail line capacity expansion by adding a third
        track from Port Credit to Oakville
    2.  GO Lakeshore West rail line capacity expansion by adding a third
        track from Burlington to Hamilton
    3.  GO Lakeshore East rail line capacity expansion by adding a third
        track from Union Station to Scarborough
    4.  GO Lakeshore East rail line extension from Oshawa to Bowmanville
    5.  GO Lakeshore rail line electrification (SuperGO)
    6.  GO Milton rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Milton
    7.  GO Georgetown rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to
        Georgetown
    8.  GO Bradford rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to
        Bradford
    9.  GO Bradford rail line extension and capacity expansion from Bradford
        to Barrie
    10. GO Richmond Hill rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to
        Richmond Hill
    11. GO Richmond Hill rail line extension to Aurora Road
    12. GO Stouffville rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to
        Stouffville and extension of the line to Uxbridge
    13. New GO Crosstown rail line between Weston Road and the Don Valley
    14. New GO Crosstown rail line between the Don Valley and Agincourt
    15. New GO rail line from Union Station to Bolton
    16. New GO rail line on the Havelock line from Agincourt to Pickering
    17. New GO rail line on the Seaton line from Agincourt to Brock Road in
        Pickering

    GO Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
    --------------------

    18. GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 403 from Oakville GO rail station
        to Mississauga
    19. Mississauga Transitway west of Mississauga City Centre to Winston
        Churchill Boulevard
    20. Mississauga Transitway east of Mississauga City Centre to Renforth
        Drive
    21. GO Bus Rapid Transit northwest Toronto link from Renforth Drive to
        York University
    22. GO Bus Rapid Transit on Markham Road from Highway 407 in Markham to
        Highway 401
    23. GO Bus Rapid Transit on Highway 401 from Markham Road in Scarborough
        to Pickering GO rail station
    24. GO Bus Rapid Transit connector on Highway 427 from Renforth Drive to
        Highway 407
    25. GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from York University to
        Langstaff (Yonge Street) and on to Markham Road
    26. GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from Burlington to Highway 401
    27. GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from Highway 401 to
        Highway 427
    28. GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from Highway 427 to York
        University

    Subway and Other Rapid Transit
    ------------------------------

    29. Yonge subway line extension north from Finch station to Highway 7
        (Langstaff)
    30. VIVA Markham North-South Link from Markham Centre to Don Mills
        station
    31. Pearson Air-Rail link to Union Station
    32. Hamilton east-west rapid transit on King/Main Streets from Eastgate
        Mall to McMaster University
    33. Hamilton north-south rapid transit on James/Upper James Streets from
        Rymal Road to King Street
    34. Brampton Acceleride on Queen Street from Main Street to Highway 50
    35. Hurontario Light Rail Transit from Queen Street in Brampton to
        Lakeshore Road in Mississauga
    36. Eglinton Avenue Light Rail Transit from Renforth Drive to Kennedy
        Road in Scarborough
    37. Yonge Bus Rapid Transit busway from Finch station to Steeles Avenue
    38. Dundas Street West Light Rail Transit from Kipling station to
        Hurontario Street
    39. Scarborough RT extension from McCowan station to Sheppard Avenue
    40. Sheppard Avenue Light Rail Transit from Don Mills Road to Morningside
        Avenue
    41. Finch Avenue West Light Rail Transit from Highway 27 to Yonge Street
    42. Don Mills Road Light Rail Transit from Steeles Avenue to the Bloor-
        Danforth subway
    43. Jane Street Light Rail Transit from Steeles Avenue to Jane station on
        the Bloor-Danforth subway
    44. Malvern Light Rail Transit from Kennedy station to Malvern
    45. Waterfront West Light Rail Transit from Union Station to Long Branch
    46. VIVA Yonge Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 7 (Langstaff)
    47. VIVA Yonge Street from Highway 7 (Langstaff) to 19th Avenue in
        Richmond Hill
    48. VIVA Yonge Street from 19th Avenue to Newmarket
    49. VIVA Highway 7 from Highway 50 to Yonge Street (Langstaff)
    50. VIVA Highway 7 from Yonge Street (Langstaff) to Cornell
    51. Durham rapid transit line on Highway 2 from Oshawa to Pickering
    52. Spadina subway line extension north from Downsview station to
        Highway 7 (Vaughan Corporate Centre)

    (*) Projects subject to the review of the Greater Toronto Transportation
        Authority.
    

    The Government of Ontario also announced today it will fund up to
two-thirds of the project costs for Kitchener-Waterloo's rapid transit plan.
The government will work with the region to request the balance of funding
from the federal government.

    Click the following link to view a map of MoveOntario project locations:
    http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/documents/movingontariomap.pdf

    
    Contact:
    Bob Nichols
    Ministry of Transportation
    416-327-1158

                              www.mto.gov.on.ca


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              WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT
    

    "This is the boldest, most visionary development in the history of the
Greater Toronto Area and will transform the region into a community where
public transit makes a real difference. Where there's a will, there's a way,
and this announcement makes it clear that this government has the will to make
it happen."
    Michael W. Roschlau, President and Chief Executive Officer,
    Canadian Urban Transit Association

    "This government's unprecedented investment in public transit in the GTA
will have a huge impact on improving traffic and in contributing to economic
growth. This is a tremendous shot in the arm for public transit and our
Associations look forward to working with the Provincial Government and with
stakeholders to help make it all happen.
    Beatrice Schmied, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Public Transit
    Association

    "Solving our municipal infrastructure deficit can really only be solved
through significant, sustained and predictable infrastructure investments. The
benefits of increasing inter-regional transit are numerous and invaluable to
citizens, the economy and our environment."
    Doug Reycraft, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario

    "This is wonderful news. Serious transit infrastructure expansion has
lagged for over 20 years in the GTA, but this historic funding announcement
should put public transit back on track for the next 20. It shows an excellent
commitment to cities."
    "The new six month cap on environmental assessments is itself a
monumental breakthrough as EAs on public transit had so lost track of their
purpose they were forever stalling transit projects and driving up costs to
prohibitive levels."
    Paul Bedford, Urban Mentor and Chief Planner Emeritus, City of Toronto &
    Board of Directors, Greater Toronto Transportation Authority

    "Today's announcement is historic in proportion. It affords the GTTA an
immense opportunity to positively influence the day-to-day lives of people in
Greater Toronto and Hamilton. It will surely be viewed as a key turning point
in our region's history towards a sustainable transportation system."
    Robert MacIsaac, Chair, Greater Toronto Transportation Authority

    Contact:
    Bob Nichols
    Ministry of Transportation
    416-327-1158
    
                              www.mto.gov.on.ca
    




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686, toll free
1-866-471-8929 TTY

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