BURLINGTON, ON, – Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington; Ted McMeekin, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale; and Gary McNeil, GO Transit president, today marked the completion of the new pedestrian bridge at the Burlington GO Station, which will open in early May.
“The new bridge will provide commuters in the Burlington area with better access to transit facilities and will make the commuting experience more efficient and convenient,” said MP Wallace. “Our government is proud to invest in key infrastructure projects that create local jobs and economic growth, and improve transit for Canadians.”
“This new bridge will help GO commuters get to the train platform faster and easier,” said MPP McMeekin. “Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested more than $6 billion in GO Transit to improve and expand service. Our investments in public transit are helping commuters get to work, school or appointments.”
“Improving access at our stations provides real, immediate benefits to our customers,” said Mr. McNeil. “Customer service improvements that enhance access to our service reflect creative ways that we can make it easier for customers to get to their trains and make their experience at our stations more comfortable.”
The new, covered bridge connects the parking structure with the two centre passenger platforms, making it easier for commuters to access the platforms. The bridge also includes enclosed stairs leading to the platforms west of the station.
The project cost a total of $4 million, with $2.65 million funded by the governments of Canada and Ontario through the GO Transit Improvement Program, a $500-million joint investment announced by Prime Minister Harper and Premier McGuinty on February 17, 2009. The Ontario government contributed the remaining $1.35 million.
This project created approximately 40 jobs and will make commuting easier and more convenient for about 4,700 people who use the station each day.
Source: Canada Newswire / GO