Peterborough - Toronto rail link derailed?
Published: March 28, 2008
Source: Peterborough Examiner
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Peterborough residents will get GO Transit bus service to Oshawa, but
the proposed Peterborough-Toronto commuter rail link will have to wait,
the provincial and federal governments announced yesterday.
The province put the revival of a Peterborough-Toronto commuter rail
link on a back burner, diverting federal funding towards projects such
as GO Transit rail service to Bowmanville and bus service to
Instead of upgrading the rail bed to handle commuter trains, the
provincial and federal governments will pay for a study on the proposed
Initial releases referred to the commuter rail study as a "feasibility
study." That reference was later changed on both the prime minister's
website and Ontario premier's website to a "joint study."
The provincial government has stated it needs details before it can
commit to the Peterborough-Toronto rail service mentioned in the federal
budget speech last month, Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal told The Examiner.
"This study will provide those details that are needed and the business
case to look at this project in the future," Leal said. "There's a lot
to do here before this potential service gets up and running.
"The feasibility study is a very key step in moving this project
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the creation of a public transit
capital trust with $195 million in funding for Ontario yesterday.
Among the provincial commitments from the fund will be a study for a
Peterborough commuter rail line, the acceleration of the extension of
the GO Transit line to Lakeshore East to Bowmanville and the
establishment of regular GO bus service to Peterborough, the Office of
the Prime Minister states in a release.
The federal government is setting aside money in the Build Canada Fund -
a $33-billion federally controlled program - to ensure the
Peterborough-Toronto commuter rail link gets built, federal Finance
Minister Jim Flaherty told The Examiner.
"The province has some priorities in different parts of the province and
different parts of the (Greater Toronto Area)," the MP for Whitby-Oshawa
said. "I found over the years that we really had to push the province to
look east of Toronto.