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Go Transit gets $500 million — half the money for parking improvements.

By shost at 8:55 pm on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

City of Guelph staffers and councillors may be interested to know that 50% of the $500 million dollars announced by the Federal and Provincial Governments for GO Transit is for parking improvements at various GO Stations. Perhaps there may be room to squeeze some money for some of Guelph’s parking plans? Some of the money appears to not yet be finalized, however, the improvements announced today include:

  • $75 million to grade seperate a Hamilton Junction to improve Hamilton train service (Details of this are sketchy)
  • The parking improvements (From the Backgrounder) include the following cities:
Central Ajax Parking Structure $30,200,000.00
Central Aurora Building Rehab/Parking Rehab $1,250,000.00
Central Mount Pleasant Parking Expansion $1,100,000.00
Central Bramalea Parking Expansion $1,350,000.00
Central Centennial Parking Structure $14,000,000.00
Central Unionville Parking Expansion $1,500,000.00
Central Cooksville Parking Structure $30,500,000.00
Central Erindale Parking Structure $30,000,000.00
Central Oakville Parking Structure $30,500,000.00
Toronto Markham Parking Expansion $700,000.00
Toronto Pickering Parking Structure $30,500,000.00
Toronto Rouge Hill Parking Expansion $1,500,000.00

Wow. Guelphites, take note. The Government is funding GO Parking, while our City is planning to take it on themselves.

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Comment by Tom West

February 20, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

Out of interest, how many sets of trains (locomotive + 12 carriages) could you buy for $500m?

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Comment by Steve

February 21, 2009 @ 11:36 am

$36.2 million per train, about 13-14 train sets.

Locomotive, $5m/each

http://www.gotransit.com/PUBLIC/en/news/media/newMP40.htm

Passenger cars: $2.6 million each
http://www.allbusiness.com/transportation/public-transportation-urban-transit/5601721-1.html

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