March 7, 2007

Federal government announces public transit and highway investment in Greater Toronto Area

Toronto, Ontario – Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced up to $962 million in partnership with the Province of Ontario and five municipalities to generate a combined investment of almost $4.5 billion in public transit and highway infrastructure projects in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The announcement is part of FLOW, the federal government’s new long-term transportation action plan for the GTA. The plan is designed to reduce gridlock, improve the environment and increase economic growth in the area.

The transit projects to be funded include an extension of the northern section of the Spadina subway line to Vaughan Corporate Centre; the development of Brampton AcceleRide; construction of a Mississauga bus rapid transit corridor; enhancement of the York VIVA rapid transit system; and funding to develop regional rapid transit in the Regional Municipality of Durham.

As part of the announcement, the Province of Ontario has agreed to invest in three key highway projects involving Highways 407, 404 and 7, including extending Highway 407 eastward by 67 km from Brock Road in Pickering to Highway 35/115 in Clarington, with two north-south connections to Highway 401. The projects are expected to be completed by 2013.

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