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Ontario Budget 2008: Lakeshore, Stouville line improvenets and Hamilton (!) North train extensions?

By shost at 8:50 pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

First: Part of the Ontario 2008 budget included many Transit related items. I will highlight key GO Transit improvements only

a) Money to acquire 20 additional bi-level Bombardier coaches to alleviate the Lakeshore line capacity issues

b) Money to install passing sidings on the Stouville and Bradford/Barrie lines (leading to all day service on some)

c) Money has now been allocated for a new Train Platform at “James Street North(!)” — but for what train service? VIA Rail? GO Transit has not been announced to be extended to North-East Hamilton yet.

At the end of the day — this GO Transit money is being allocated based on Metrolinx (former GTTA) reccomendations and does not include any details about any transit improvments – GO or otherwise — in Guelph or Waterloo Region.

Sources: The Globe and Mail “No blockbuster transit surprises” and other articles as of 8 PM 03/25/08


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