Two-way all-day GO train is an integral part of Ontario budget, say mayors

Brampton, ON, April 17, 2015 – Two-way all-day GO rail service linking Toronto to Brampton-Guelph-Kitchener-Waterloo is an integral component of the 2015 Ontario budget and 10-year capital plan, say the mayors of these communities.

Today’s Provincial announcement of its increased investment to improve GO Transit service along all corridors is a significant step to connect people and improve the economy.

Canada’s Innovation Supercluster – linking Toronto to Brampton-Guelph-Kitchener-Waterloo – is comparable to the world’s largest innovation centre in California’s Silicon Valley. There is strong support for this initiative from significant private sector innovators along the Toronto to Kitchener rail corridor. Opportunities along the corridor will help both the Province and these key Ontario communities better compete for global talent and innovative companies.

The Innovation Supercluster mayors recently met with Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure; and Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation to discuss their partnership and its benefits to Ontario.

A business case and supporting video were presented at these meetings, to show how connecting their regional economies by a streamlined, efficient transit mode supports key Provincial priorities of economic prosperity, quality of life, and environmental stewardship.

Ontario’s 2015 budget will be released on April 23, 2015.

Benefit highlights

  • There are 30,000 local tech workers in Waterloo Region. 34 per cent commute from Toronto/GTA.
  • Building communities: $4 B in construction potential
  • Leverages recent $1.2 B investment in Union Pearson Express
  • Intensifying development activity at all three of Brampton’s GO rail mobility hubs is expected to attract 37,900 new jobs and 105,400 new residents by 2041
  • Opportunity to connect 13,000 companies and attract 3,000 innovation start-ups
  • Potential for 40,000 new jobs in the innovation sector
  • $344 M saved in commuter and environmental costs

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“I am encouraged by the Province’s recognition of the importance of two-way all-day GO rail service to the economic growth of the GTHA municipalities on this line. When communities work together we can achieve great things. Brampton looks forward to continued commitment in transit infrastructure by the federal and provincial governments.” Linda Jeffrey, Mayor – City of Brampton

“Efficient, affordable and reliable transportation options gives employers greater access to talented employees, gives individuals more choices of where to work, and provides families with improved work-life balance; all of which generates greater economic activity and healthier communities. A 2014 report by the cities of Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo indicates that a technology ecosystem of 12,800 companies with over 205,000 employees could be created simply connecting Union Station, Pearson Airport, Brampton, Guelph and Kitchener.”
Jaipaul Massey-Singh, Chair – Brampton Board of Trade

“I’m pleased that the Province has recognized the strong business case for two-way all-day GO train service and has taken positive steps to make it a reality. It’s my hope that the Province will signal its full commitment as part of the 2015 Ontario budget.”
Cam Guthrie, Mayor – City of Guelph

“Infrastructure that connects people to jobs is critical to the economic future of this province. Now is the time to purposefully build a system that enables companies to grow and enable innovation to thrive. With two-way all-day GO rail service, an integrated regional economy that spans from Toronto to Brampton-Guelph-Kitchener through Waterloo will create a globally competitive tech environment that is comparable to Silicon Valley, connecting 13,000 companies, attracting 3,000 startups and creating over 40,000 new jobs.”
Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO – Guelph Chamber of Commerce

“It’s great to see the government continuing to move forward on improvements to urban commuter rail across Ontario. We’ve heard loud and clear on this from Kitchener and Waterloo’s business leaders – we need the west-bound morning GO Train up and running by 2016. Every day, more than 10,000 workers are commuting from Toronto and the GTA into our community and companies are chartering private busses to address this. But this is not a sustainable model and the future prosperity of the entire corridor depends on two-way urban commuter rail.” Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor – City of Kitchener

“The City of Waterloo is delighted that Metrolinx will be consulting with municipalities outside the GTA about the potential to expand its mandate beyond the GTA.”
Dave Jaworsky, Mayor – City of Waterloo

“Fast, efficient two-way all-day GO rail service is critical to employers’ ability to attract and retain knowledge workers and ability to grow and expand operations. Moving people matters. Improved GO service is essential to our ability to compete globally.”
John Baker, President and Chief Executive Officer – D2L

Media contacts

City of Brampton
Megan Ball, Media Coordinator
Strategic Communications
905-874-3654
megan.ball@brampton.ca

City of Kitchener
Declan Kelly, Communications & Marketing Associate
Corporate Communications & Marketing
519-741-2200 extension 7191
declan.kelly@kitchener.ca

City of Guelph
Tara Sprigg, General Manager
Corporate Communications and Customer Service
519-822-1260 extension 2610
tara.sprigg@guelph.ca

City of Waterloo
Megan Harris, Director
Communications and Marketing, Corporate Services
519-747-8513
megan.harris@waterloo.ca