Wednesday, March 19, 2014

More Kitchener-Toronto GO service eyed

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says GO Transit train service between Kitchener, Ont., and Toronto will be bolstered significantly by the end of 2016.

The pledged improvments are seen as part of the province's C$50 billion "Big Move" plan being implemented by Metrolinx, among others.

Two GO Transit morning inbound runs from Kitchener and two afternoon return trips are anticipated, Wynne said Tuesday, March 18, 2014. A new layover facility and other improvements to the rail line might cut 30 minutes off the trip, currently averaging two hours.

"This is a very important initiative for this region," Wynne told local media after a luncheon gathering. "This is a hub of innovation and creativity and what we need is an ability to move in and out of the region‎ in a much more efficient way."

Earlier this week Wynne affirmed that a dedicated transit fund would be part of the province's fiscal budget, but declined to identify the source for such funding.