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Details of GO Transit improvements released

The federal and Ontario governments have announced details of another $213 million in improvements to GO Transit.

TORONTO — The federal and Ontario governments have announced details of another $213 million in improvements to GO Transit.

The latest projects include a new GO rail station in downtown Barrie, which is expected to be completed by 2011.

GO Transit will buy 20 new bi-level train cars over the next two years to accommodate more riders, and will refurbish 45 locomotives while waiting for delivery of new ones.

The money will help pay for five years of track maintenance and improvements throughout the GO rail network.

There will be improvements and upgrades throughout the GO system, including new and expanded bus storage facilities, new pedestrian tunnels and bridges, wider platforms and snow-melt systems.

GO will also install another 56 bicycle shelters at its train stations, adding to the 46 already in use.

The work is part of a $500-million package of transit projects unveiled last month by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Dalton McGuinty, with details of another $38 million in spending yet to come.

The first announcement of $249 million was mainly for expansion of GO parking lots and for GO’s Hamilton Junction grade separation project.

 
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