Ontario Moves Forward With Sheppard Transit Line

    Provincial And Federal Governments Partner To Build Better Transit In

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ -


    The Ontario government will proceed with the Sheppard East Light Rail
Transit (LRT) project to improve public transportation and create jobs.
    The Sheppard East LRT will extend from the Don Mills subway station to
Meadowvale Road. Commuters will make 45,000 daily trips on the new light rail
line. It will connect with the Finch West LRT, the Sheppard subway line, the
GO Stouffville rail corridor and potentially the Scarborough Rapid Transit
line extension.
    The Sheppard project is part of the Metrolinx Regional Transportation
Plan's top 15 transit priorities and the Toronto Transit Commission's Transit
City plan. Construction on the Sheppard East LRT project is expected to start
by the end of 2009 with completion expected by 2013.
    Ontario will provide two-thirds of the estimated $950 million cost and
the Government of Canada will cover the remaining one-third.


    "We are moving forward with our plan to build better public transit for
Ontario families. Our investments in transit will create jobs and strengthen
our economy."
    - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

    "Today's announcement means that commuters will have access to better
transit and shorter commute times. By tackling congestion, Ontario is helping
make the air we breathe cleaner."
    - Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation


    -   Construction of the Sheppard East LRT will generate about 9,500 jobs.

    -   On April 1, 2009, the McGuinty government announced that the Province
        will be moving ahead with $8.6 billion in regional transit projects,
        including the Finch West LRT, Scarborough RT upgrade and extension,
        Eglinton LRT, York Viva BRT, and planning for rapid transit in

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested $7.4 billion in
        public transit, including over $2.5 billion in GO Transit. Since
        2003, Toronto has received $2.9 billion in transit capital and
        operating funding.


    Find out more about the Sheppard Rapid Transit Line

    Read about Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan

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