MAPLE, ONT. — The federal government is investing over $1.8 billion to expand GO rail public transportation infrastructure, including between Barrie and Union Station in Toronto.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Maple, Ont. on Feb. 7. The Barrie Corridor project, which runs through Maple, includes the construction of approximately 51.2 kilometres of new track between Union Station and Barrie, train layover facilities and station upgrades.
The improvements will be funded as part of the ongoing Metrolinx GO Expansion project, the single largest transit project ever funded by the federal government. It will be funded through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects, indicates a release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
“Smart investments in public transit help connect communities, create good, middle class jobs and protect our environment,” said Trudeau in a statement. “They also make a real difference in people’s lives, helping them get to work on time in the mornings and be home with their families in the evenings. We will continue to work with and listen to communities and invest in the infrastructure they need — today and into the future.”