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Ontario transportation minister seeks funding commitment for Milton corridor improvements

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Ontario transportation minister seeks funding commitment for Milton corridor improvements

OTTAWA — Federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra confirmed Aug. 10 that the Government of Canada is committed to making improvements along the Milton GO corridor in the province, but Ontario’s Minister of Transportation is looking for a concrete commitment.

In a letter to the federal transportation minister, Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney said she was pleased to hear about Transport Canada’s interest in providing federal funds for the Milton GO corridor and formalizing it through a Memorandum of Understanding, however, she would like to see a commitment in writing.

“As one of the most congested rail corridors in Ontario, more work needs to be done to improve the line for the close to 30,000 riders who use it each day,” said Mulroney. “We are very interested in the announcement made by the federal government and look forward to seeing a funding commitment from them in writing.”

The Government of Canada renewed the National Trade Corridors Fund in Budget 2021 with an additional $1.9 billion in funding for infrastructure projects. According to Transport Canada, Alghabra has also discussed the opportunity of improving the Milton corridor with the Province of Ontario and with Metrolinx and the National Trade Corridors Fund could support the development of the corridor.

“The transit demand along the Milton line will continue to grow, especially given the fact that this corridor serves Canada’s fastest growing region,” Mulroney added. “We are eager to get more details from the federal government so we can work together to provide more people with more access to jobs and housing in the Greater Toronto Area.”

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