Provincial Budget Includes Commitment To Kitchener-Waterloo Transit
KITCHENER, ON, March 23 /CNW/ - The Ministry of Transportation announced
today that it is moving forward with plans to build a new, four-lane highway
between Kitchener and Guelph to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and
accommodate growth. Having received environmental approval, work to design the
new highway can begin and land acquisition can now be completed. Construction
can begin once this process has finished.
"Our government recognizes how important it is to support growing
communities in Waterloo Region and Guelph," said Transportation Minister Donna
Cansfield. "Better roads will improve safety, create jobs, encourage economic
growth and keep this community strong."
"Waterloo Region requires a comprehensive transportation network. Today's
news about Highway 7 as well as the transit initiative demonstrate the
McGuinty government's commitment to the continuing prosperity of our
community," said John Milloy, MPP for Kitchener Centre.
"This is great news for my constituents who depend on Highway 7 every
day," added Guelph-Wellington MPP Liz Sandals. "A new, four-lane highway will
improve safety for the more than 21,000 drivers who travel between Kitchener
and Guelph daily."
In yesterday's provincial Budget, the government also committed to
working with its municipal, regional and federal partners to complete
technical studies and an environmental assessment for the Kitchener-Waterloo
transit project and support the cost of one-third of the project. Creating a
transit system to run through the urban cores of Cambridge, Kitchener and
Waterloo will keep people moving quickly and efficiently throughout the
Since 2003 the McGuinty government has invested $4.5 billion in Ontario's
highways, roads and bridges and $3.6 billion in public transit. This year,
Ontario will invest over $681 million in transit systems across the province
and $1.2 billion in highways.
For up-to-date road condition information on major highways in the area,
visit www.roadinfo.mto.gov.on.ca or call the ministry's road information line
at (416) 235-4686, or toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.
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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,