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Ontario unveils $17-billion transit plan

JEFF GRAY
Globe and Mail Update

June 15, 2007 at 12:18 PM EDT

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty had pledged $17.5-billion for rapid transit projects across greater Toronto and Hamilton on Friday in a massive pre-election move that provides a massive boost to the TTC's ambitious light-rail network plans and calls for the extension of the Yonge subway line.

The announcement will see the province partly fund 52 rapid-transit projects in the next 12 years.

Unlike other recent announcements, the province is committing to fund two-thirds of the costs, up from its usual one-third share of recent years.

It is calling on the federal government to fund the remaining third of the cost, eliminating the capital burden for cash-strapped municipalities.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was to announce a $17-billion transit plan on Friday.

The change in this financing formula is a major shift, signifying something akin to a return to the model brought in by premier Bill Davis in the 1970s, which saw the province fund 75 per cent of the capital costs of rapid transit.

Overall, 902 kilometres of new or improved rapid-transit routes will be built by 2020, the province says, creating 175,000 jobs during their construction, which is supposed to start in 2008.

The projects include:

- extending the TTC's Yonge subway line up to Highway 7

- electrifying the GO Lakeshore lines, which will make a trip from Hamilton 15 minutes faster and reduce emissions

- boost capacity on other GO Train lines

- expand bus service across Highway 407

- build two rapid-transit lines across Hamilton

- commit funds to the TTC's $6-billion Transit City plan, which calls for seven new light-rail routes crisscrossing Toronto.

The province had already committed to a $2-billion project to extend the TTC's Spadina subway line north to Vaughan.

The government says the projects will be financed over 50 years, and that road tolls – currently a hot topic among transportation experts – will “not be necessary”.




MOVEONTARIO 2020 PROJECTS
GO Transit Commuter Rail

GO Lakeshore West rail line capacity expansion by adding a third track from Port Credit to Oakville
GO Lakeshore West rail line capacity expansion by adding a third track from Burlington to Hamilton
GO Lakeshore East rail line capacity expansion by adding a third track from Union Station to Scarborough
GO Lakeshore East rail line extension from Oshawa to Bowmanville
GO Lakeshore rail line electrification (SuperGO)
GO Milton rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Milton
GO Georgetown rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Georgetown
GO Bradford rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Bradford
GO Bradford rail line extension and capacity expansion from Bradford to Barrie
GO Richmond Hill rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Richmond Hill
GO Richmond Hill rail line extension to Aurora Road
GO Stouffville rail line capacity expansion from Union Station to Stouffville and extension of the line to Uxbridge
New GO Crosstown rail line between Weston Road and the Don Valley
New GO Crosstown rail line between the Don Valley and Agincourt
New GO rail line from Union Station to Bolton
New GO rail line on the Havelock line from Agincourt to Pickering
New GO rail line on the Seaton line from Agincourt to Brock Road in Pickering
GO Bus Rapid Transit(BRT)

GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 403 from Oakville GO rail station to Mississauga
Mississauga Transitway west of Mississauga City Centre to Winston Churchill Boulevard
Mississauga Transitway east of Mississauga City Centre to Renforth Drive
GO Bus Rapid Transit northwest Toronto link from Renforth Drive to York University
GO Bus Rapid Transit on Markham Road from Highway 407 in Markham to Highway 401
GO Bus Rapid Transit on Highway 401 from Markham Road in Scarborough to Pickering GO rail station
GO Bus Rapid Transit connector on Highway 427 from Renforth Drive to Highway 407
GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from York University to Langstaff (Yonge Street) and on to Markham Road
GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from Burlington to Highway 401
GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from Highway 401 to Highway 427
GO Bus Rapid Transit along Highway 407 from Highway 427 to York University
Subway and Other Rapid Transit

Yonge subway line extension north from Finch station to Highway 7 (Langstaff)
VIVA Markham North-South Link from Markham Centre to Don Mills station
Pearson Air-Rail link to Union Station
Hamilton east-west rapid transit on King/Main Streets from Eastgate Mall to McMaster University
Hamilton north-south rapid transit on James/Upper James Streets from Rymal Road to King Street
Brampton Acceleride on Queen Street from Main Street to Highway 50
Hurontario Light Rail Transit from Queen Street in Brampton to Lakeshore Road in Mississauga
Eglinton Avenue Light Rail Transit from Renforth Drive to Kennedy Road in Scarborough
Yonge Bus Rapid Transit busway from Finch station to Steeles Avenue
Dundas Street West Light Rail Transit from Kipling station to Hurontario Street
Scarborough RT extension from McCowan station to Sheppard Avenue
Sheppard Avenue Light Rail Transit from Don Mills Road to Morningside Avenue
Finch Avenue West Light Rail Transit from Highway 27 to Yonge Street
Don Mills Road Light Rail Transit from Steeles Avenue to the Bloor-Danforth subway
Jane Street Light Rail Transit from Steeles Avenue to Jane station on the Bloor-Danforth subway
Malvern Light Rail Transit from Kennedy station to Malvern
Waterfront West Light Rail Transit from Union Station to Long Branch
VIVA Yonge Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 7 (Langstaff)
VIVA Yonge Street from Highway 7 (Langstaff) to 19th Avenue in Richmond Hill
VIVA Yonge Street from 19th Avenue to Newmarket
VIVA Highway 7 from Highway 50 to Yonge Street (Langstaff)
VIVA Highway 7 from Yonge Street (Langstaff) to Cornell
Durham rapid transit line on Highway 2 from Oshawa to Pickering
Spadina subway line extension north from Downsview station to Highway 7 (Vaughan Corporate Centre)
*Projects subject to the review of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority.

The Government of Ontario also announced today it will fund up to two-thirds of the project costs for Kitchener-Waterloo's rapid transit plan. The government will work with the region to request the balance of funding from the federal government.




holy ****** *******.
 

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$300m for gridlock
McGuinty announces plan to add GO service, create rapid transit corridors across city
BY NATALIE PONA

MISSISSAUGA - Premier Dalton McGuinty’s $17.5-billion transit plan will speed Hamilton commuters to Toronto, add local trains and create rapid transit corridors across the city.

The plan — dubbed MoveOntario — will spend $300 million on Hamilton.

Construction is to begin in 2008 and be 95 per cent completed by 2020.

The keys for Hamilton are the electrification of GO’s Lakeshore line and the local rapid-transit lines.

The east-west rapid transit corridor is to run along King and Main streets from Eastgate Mall to McMaster University.

Upper James and James streets will have a corridor running from Rymal Road to King Street.

The corridors could be dedicated bus lanes or a light rail system.

“I think it’s fabulous,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

“It makes perfect sense, and I expect that those investments will make a huge difference in how our city operates.”

The electrification of the Lakeshore line is expected to cut travel time from Hamilton to Union Station by 15 minutes.

The premier also repeated a three year-old commitment to build a third rail line from Aldershot to Burlington.

But Ministry of Transportation spokesperson Jamie Rilett said the difference is that Hamilton won’t be expected to bear any of the cost.

He also said more trains should be scheduled.

“More trains are expected, but will be up to GO depending on ridership numbers,” Rilett said.

The project will be two-thirds funded by the province. The city will only pay its share to run the service. McGuinty will ask Ottawa for the rest.

Ottawa has $33 billion to spend on infrastructure projects, but it will be a few weeks or months before it decides how to spend the money, said Catherine

Loubier, director of communications for Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon.

The new Greater Toronto Transportation Authority will determine when construction on the projects, including those in Hamilton, begins.
 

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Unless Bombardier has financial problems and downsizes. Whenever they
downsize, Ontario jobs are the first to disappear.
Actually, considering all of their cuts, Bombardier Thunder Bay has been strong. It's been in constant business for some time, working on mass transit for New Mexico, South Korea and the GTA, and is doing pretty good business. I'd really be quite skeptical as to whether or not they can even pull off being the sole suppler of these cars, I don't know if their facility is big enough for such a large order.
 

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Congrats to all, it's an awesome plan :cheers: :cheers: :D :D



June 15, 2007

PROVINCE BUILDING A BETTER TOMORROW IN KITCHENER-WATERLOO
Province Commits to Funding Two-Thirds Of Regional Rapid Transit System

KITCHENER — The Province is enhancing its commitment to fund public transit in Waterloo Region by providing two-thirds of the project costs for the regional rapid transit system. In addition, the Ontario government will work with the region to request the balance from the federal government for the project, Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy announced today on behalf of Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield.

The Province, regional and federal governments are also working together to complete technical studies and an environmental assessment for the rapid transit corridor.

“The Government of Ontario is bringing rapid transit to the Region of Waterloo to reduce traffic congestion, emissions and improve air quality “ said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. “Working together we are ensuring that Kitchener-Waterloo residents spend less time commuting and that businesses can get their goods to market on time, to keep Ontario’s economy strong.”

“We are pleased with the Province’s continued support of our rapid transit initiative.” said Regional Chair Ken Seiling. “This commitment will enable us to achieve our goals of shaping urban form and providing greater transportation choice. We look forward to moving forward on this project which will significantly shape and enhance this region.”

“This is great news for our Region”, said Milloy. “Our partnership to bring rapid transit to the community will make a significant difference in the lives of the people who live and work in the region.” Today’s announcement builds upon the McGuinty government’s commitment in the most
recent budget to support the costs of one-third of the Kitchener Waterloo rapid transit system.

In addition to today’s announcement, by September 2007 the McGuinty government will have invested approximately $18.5 million in the existing gas tax funding to help expand and improve transit service in the region. The Province also provided close to $19.5 million to repair roads and bridges under its Move Ontario program.

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For more information please contact:
Justin Falconer, Executive Assistant, Office of John Milloy, MPP Kitchener Centre 416-728-6984
 

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Actually, considering all of their cuts, Bombardier Thunder Bay has been strong. It's been in constant business for some time, working on mass transit for New Mexico, South Korea and the GTA, and is doing pretty good business. I'd really be quite skeptical as to whether or not they can even pull off being the sole suppler of these cars, I don't know if their facility is big enough for such a large order.

they already pulled out of Toronto to avoid having to make deep cuts in Quebec
during one of the slowdowns.
 

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I just noticed one little catch...

The actual plan won't be revealed until 2008 and actual work doesn't start until 2011. We have to elect the Liberals twice more before anything starts.

Great catch, eh? ;)
 

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Well.. I'm sure as hell not going to slow things up at all by voting for the
Tories.. ;)

These Tories?


Progressive Conservative MPP Joyce Saveline, on the other hand, accused McGuinty of ripping a page from the Tory platform on transit released last week.

I read somewhere else that John Tory plans to implement this if elected. He's been fairly non-partisan not just attacking anything Liberal for being Liberal but attacking where he thinks they are wrong.
 

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I'm voting Green anyway. If I'm going to vote for a sitting party it will be PC but I doubt I will because most of the people that run for the PC here are total douches and they never get more than 15% of the vote anyway.
 

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These Tories?





I read somewhere else that John Tory plans to implement this if elected. He's been fairly non-partisan not just attacking anything Liberal for being Liberal but attacking where he thinks they are wrong.
If it is their plan, there was nothing about it in their "Plan for the future" booklet.
 

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I'll be surprised if one project on that list gets done. This is an election time bs list to get votes. How many times have we seen this before?:eek:hno:
 
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