to provide $100M for GO Transit improvements
Published: December 13, 2007
The Ontario government will announce $100 million in immediate
improvements to GO Transit in its fall financial update on Thursday, CTV
News has learned.
Sources say the funding plan includes:
||$60 million for 20 new bi-level
passenger coaches to increase capacity on the busy Lakeshore
||$9 million for 10
double-decker buses to improve service on the Highway
407-403 corridor and to York University; and
||$20 million for new
passing-track sections for GO's Bradford and Stouffville
The cash injunction will also be used to provide all-day,
two-way service between Toronto and Markham, and Toronto and
Newmarket, CTV's Paul Bliss reported.
News of the transit improvements came just a day after the
province's auditor general said delays and cancellations at
GO are getting worse.
Auditor General Jim McCarter said in his annual report that
the transit system has failed to plan for an increase in
ridership, which is the result of population growth.
McCarter said he took the GO Train on Monday and suffered
the problems firsthand.
"Myself and several hundred people stood on the platform for
40 minutes waiting for the GO Train,'' he told reporters on
Tuesday. "It is an issue. They've got some serious
challenges that really need to be addressed.''
McCarter said trains are late an average of 13 minutes and
are most commonly delayed by equipment failure.
The auditor general said some rail corridors are growing at
20 per cent.
Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, meanwhile, told
reporters on Wednesday the fall financial update will deal
with the negative impacts of the high Canadian dollar.
Sources tell CTV News the government is going to announce a
plan to provide assistance to the manufacturing sector,
which has suffered because of the strong loonie.
With a report from CTV's Paul Bliss