Liberal leader Justin Trudeau was in Woodbridge on Thursday morning to promise a funding boost for transit initiatives in the Province.
A total of $1.2 billion has been pledged to fund John Tory’s SmartTrack project, while a further $2 billion has been promised for the province’s GO Train service.
Trudeau, who made the announcement with transportation minister Stephen Del Duca by his side said ”we will fully fund the federal share of the provinces funding request for the Regional Express Rail project for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” adding ”that electrification would also enable the SmartTrack project to go ahead. A project that we will help build in partnership with the City of Toronto.”
In a statement issued shortly after the announcement, Mayor John Tory welcomed the news, saying “what is clear is we have real partners at both the provincial and federal level who will build transit in Toronto and understand the critical need for SmartTrack.”
It follows a similar promise made by Conservative leader Stephen Harper in September, when he pledged $2.6 billion to transit advancements in Toronto, while NDP leader Tom Mulcair says his party would invest $1.6 billion of $7.2 billion in transit funding to the Toronto area.