Two-Way, Full-Day GO Train Coming To Hamilton In Time For Pan Am Games

GO Expansion Creating 68,000 Jobs In Construction And Manufacturing

HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals will increase GO train service to Hamilton and throughout the GTA, providing two-way, full-day service seven days a week and creating 68,000 jobs throughout Ontario, said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"This is about making public transit work better and creating jobs for families, right now," said Premier McGuinty. "We're committed to having two-way, full-day service seven days a week, and we will have it in place for Hamilton in time for the Pan Am Games, which means job creation will get an immediate boost because work will be getting started soon."

To bring in the new service, two new stations will be built in Hamilton — at James Street North and Confederation Station, creating about 8,000 local jobs during construction. Across the GTA, new jobs will be created in construction, design and engineering because new tracks need to be put in to meet the new demands. The investment will also create demand for manufactured goods such as electrical equipment, steel and other products.

Because more trains will be running, more coaches need to be ordered — and GO is doubling its rolling stock, creating new opportunities for rail car manufacturers in northern Ontario. For example, the Ontario Liberal government's previous investments in GO Transit meant the purchase of 200 coaches since 2004 from the Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay.

The last PC government recklessly gutted transit — and made a mess of GO Transit in particular. First, they downloaded GO to the municipalities and then took it back after it strained local budgets. It was under the last NDP government that GO Transit's era of continuous growth was brought to a stop. They also eliminated GO service to some cities and reduced many others to rush-hour-only service.

Now, the Hudak PCs have $14 billion in unfunded giveaways and tax cuts that would mean deep cuts to hospitals and schools. The Horwath NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job killing taxes. Both would take Ontario off track at the worst time.

Studies show that traffic congestion costs the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas $6 billion a year — and it could cost $15 billion a year if no one takes action. Today's announcement builds on the Ontario Liberal commitment to provide a money-back guarantee if a train is more than 15 minutes late.

"As people in Hamilton work hard to attract new types of businesses and appeal to younger families, frequent GO train service only adds to the great quality of life in this community," said Premier McGuinty. "Together with our record investments in transit across the province, we're creating jobs today — and by keeping people and goods moving, we're ensuring Ontario succeeds in the new economy."

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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