Ontario To Get Started On New Transit Projects

    McGuinty Government Creating Jobs, Building Better Transit

    TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ -


    The McGuinty government is moving forward on major public transit
projects in the GTA, including:

    -  More buses and stations and dedicated bus lanes for York VIVA Bus
       Rapid Transit.
    -  Upgrading and extending the Scarborough Rapid Transit Line.
    -  A new rapid transit line on Eglinton Avenue from Kennedy Station to
       Pearson Airport.
    -  A new rapid transit line for Finch West from the Yonge Subway Line to
       Highway No.27 and Humber College, and east to Don Mills Station.

    The province is also moving forward with a feasibility study for Hamilton
Rapid Transit (RT).
    The projects are subject to environmental and other approvals and will
cost an estimated $9 billion. Detailed per-project costs will be finalized
closer to each project's start date. This is a major step toward the McGuinty
government's goal of funding $11.5 billion in transit projects in the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area.
    This investment will create jobs, help move people and goods, and support
future growth in the Greater Toronto Area. Accelerating transit projects is a
key goal of the recently proposed merger of Metrolinx and GO Transit.


    "We need to move quickly to build a better public transit system for
commuters. Our investments in transit will create jobs, help stimulate the
economy and improve the air we breathe."
    - 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


    -  York Viva construction will begin in 2009 with the first segment along
       Highway 7 from Markham Centre to Richmond Hill Centre, completed in
       2011 and all segments in service by the end of 2013.

    -  Scarborough RT rehabilitation and extension is expected to be
       completed and in service by 2015.

    -  The Eglinton rail line will run 31 kilometres from Kennedy Station to
       Pearson Airport and will include a 13 kilometre section built

    -  The Finch LRT will extend from Yonge Street west to Humber College and
       east to Don Mills Subway Station. Construction is expected to start in
       2010 with completion by 2013.


    Find out more about the transit projects .
    Read about Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan.

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