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Two years for cash to trickle

<p>It’s a win for Toronto and the province’s new transportation planning agency, Metrolinx. But it will be at least two years before commuters packing the TTC and GO Transit get more elbow room as a result of the $500 million transit funding injection announced by Queen’s Park yesterday.</p>

Transit funds will take some time to be seen by riders


It’s a win for Toronto and the province’s new transportation planning agency, Metrolinx.



But it will be at least two years before commuters packing the TTC and GO Transit get more elbow room as a result of the $500 million transit funding injection announced by Queen’s Park yesterday.



Still, that’s quick in transit terms, said Rob MacIsaac, chair of Metrolinx, formerly known as the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority.



"Within a couple of years, I would expect you would see all-day, two-way service on the (GO) Newmarket corridor, and you would see increased numbers of rush-hour trains on the Lakeshore corridor," he said.



The fall economic statement by Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan didn’t specify which projects would be funded. But they will include some of the maintenance and expansion projects recommended by Metrolinx this year.




















projects pending




  • Among the projects is a new signal system for the TTC’s Yonge subway. The improved system, called automatic train control, is considered a prerequisite to expanding the line into York Region as the province has promised.


 
 
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