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2008 Federal Budget: Peterborough to get Commuter service if budget passes.. but wait.

By shost at 12:20 am on Wednesday, February 27, 2008

According to the 2008 Federal Budget, and highlighted by politicians.. as part of a $500 million, immediate investment in public transit, may include railway upgrades for a Toronto ->Peterborough link.

Peterborough,  Population 80,000 people is serviced by the Canadian Pacific Railway as a freight only link. This railway line is in a state of major disrepair, with freight train speeds of 10-15 MPH the entire length of the route.

$88 million is being earmarked for these upgrades, presumably for VIA rail to provide the commuter service.


The Toronto Star comments: “However, government officials said that the revived rail line was not a fait accompli and had only been offered as an example of the programs that might qualify for funding.

Municipalities only have until Mar. 31 to put forward their proposals for capital investments, which could include rapid transit, rail, transit buses and bicycle lanes.”


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