Canadian government ready to invest in Milton train corridor, but not saying just how much

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Published August 12, 2021 at 8:20 pm

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The federal government says its on board with the province of Ontario and Metrolinx on improving the Milton to Mississauga Go train corridor.

A faster and more reliable transportation network would help reduce congested travel times, especially for people in Halton, as well as improve the efficiency of moving goods through the Region’s trade corridors

While Canada’s Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra announced earlier this week they will help fund much-needed infrastructure enhancements that would see all-day Go Train service on the Milton line, just how much of it the Canadian government will fund has yet to be announced.

Alghabra noted the federal government’s commitment to financially supporting the corridor improvements and pointed to the C$1.9 billion (US$1.52 billion) renewal of the National Trade Corridors Fund in the government’s 2021 budget as an ways to deliver the funding.

“The Government of Canada is ready to invest to improve trade corridors across the country,” Minister Alghabra said. “I’m confident we can develop a strong investment plan to deliver real results for business and commuters in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.”

The Milton rail corridor plays a key role in supporting the safe and efficient movement of people and goods through the greater Toronto area, and it is facing bottleneck.

Increased infrastructure capacity in the Milton corridor is key to realizing the transportation benefits of fluid freight movement and two-way, all-day service for commuters supporting the growth of the area economy.

Milton MP Adam van Koeverden knows a much more reliable transportation network would help. He hears it from local residents when he’s on the train himself.

“Two-way, all-day GO train service in Milton is an absolute necessity,” said the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. “I heard from my neighbours directly in the mornings at the train station, and that is why I’m glad our government is committed to making it a reality.

“Measured and lasting public transit investments are the basis for building sustainable, modern cities. This is a huge step in connecting Milton to the rest of the GTA and keeping our people moving, forward.”

The National Trade Corridors Fund is a merit-based program that helps infrastructure owners and users invest in the critical assets that support economic activity in Canada.

In Ontario, 10 projects across the province have received $66 million from the National Trade Corridor Fund since 2017. With partner contributions, this has brought $139 million of total investments for ports, airports, roads, and border fluidity.

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