PICKERING, ON, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Corneliu Chisu, Member of
Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East; Tracy MacCharles, Member of
Provincial Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East; and Bruce
McCuaig, Metrolinx president and CEO, announced the opening of the new
parking structure at Pickering GO station this week. This new parking
expansion will make it easier, safer and more convenient for commuters
to take public transit.
The new multi-level parking structure has over 1,200 new parking spaces,
meaning there are now more than 3,600 parking spots to accommodate
nearly 9,000 customer trips to and from the station each day.
It will also provide easy access to the new pedestrian bridge across
Highway 401, as well as a covered walkway to the station building.
The total cost of the parking expansion project is $47 million. The
Governments of Canada and Ontario are each contributing up to $18.25
million, through the GO Transit Improvement Program, a $500-million
joint investment announced by the federal and provincial governments.
The GO Transit Improvement Program is funded through the Government of
Canada's Building Canada Fund. The Government of Ontario is
contributing the remaining amount through Metrolinx.
There will be 33 barrier-free parking spaces on the ground level of the
The new parking structure will feature two future electric vehicle
Eco-friendly features include high-efficiency LED lighting, daylight
sensors, landscaping that will require minimal amounts of water and a
'white' roof, designed to reflect the sun's energy to reduce the
"Our government is proud to invest in projects that create jobs,
stimulate economic growth and improve public transit options for
Canadians. The parking expansion at the Pickering GO Station will help
reduce local traffic congestion and provide area residents with better
access to public transit which, in turn, will cut commute times."
Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East
"Adding more parking spaces at the Pickering GO station will encourage
more commuters to take public transit to get to work, school or
appointments. The Ontario government's investments are making public
transit a better choice, by reducing congestion on our roads and
contributing to a better quality of life for Ontario families."
Member of Provincial Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East
"By adding 1,200 parking spots at the Pickering GO Station, Metrolinx is
making it easier for people to take the GO train and get to their
destinations safely and quickly."
President and CEO, Metrolinx
Canada's Economic Action Plan focuses on creating new opportunities for
jobs and growth, and ensuring long-term prosperity for Canadians.
Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an important part of
this plan. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership, and our
strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has
recovered from the global recession better than most other
industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries
throughout the recovery, with more than 965,000 net new jobs created
since July 2009. Find out more about the opportunities in the Economic Action Plan 2014 at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2014/home-accueil-eng.html.
These investments also support Building Together, the Government of
Ontario's long-term plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province's
roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary
institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Since 2003, Ontario has
invested approximately $85 billion in infrastructure, which has created
and preserved an average of nearly 100,000 jobs each year. For more
information on how Ontario is revitalizing its infrastructure, visit ontario.ca/infrastructure.
GO Transit is Metrolinx's regional public transit system linking Toronto
with the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Metrolinx, an agency of the
Province of Ontario, has developed a 25-year, integrated, regional
transportation plan, The Big Move, which identifies Durham Region as an area where the population will
grow by over 50 per cent by 2031 and that will require infrastructure
investments. GO currently carries about 65 million passengers a year in
an extensive network of train and bus services that spans more than
11,000 square kilometres. For more information on Metrolinx, The Big Move or GO Transit, visit www.metrolinx.com.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto
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