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The Premier welcomes back GO Transit.

Ontario is on the GO: Harris

TORONTO, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - Mike Harris, Ontario’s Premier, joined by Julia Munro, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, today welcomed back GO Transit, which the province resumed responsibility for on January 1, 2002.

“We’re moving forward with our plan to invest in transit and unlock gridlock,” said Harris. “I welcome the participation of our municipal partners and I again invite the federal government to keep its promise to fund its fair share of transit.”

In September, Harris announced a bold, 10-year, $9-billion plan to make public transit an even better option for commuters. This new partnership among the province, municipalities and the federal government would mean that each would invest $3 billion over 10 years, creating a seamless transportation system across the entire province.

While municipalities and the province have each agreed to uphold their part of the bargain, the federal government has yet to pledge its support for the plan.

“Our transit plan will free up more than $1 billion over 10 years for communities in the Greater Toronto Area by reducing their share of transit capital from 100 per cent to one-third,” said Brad Clark, Minister of Transportation. “This will allow municipalities to expand and renew regional and interregional transit systems.”

“GO Transit is vital to the continued growth and success of Ontario,” said Harris. “Our plan will help create a safe, efficient transit system that will encourage Smart Growth here in Toronto, around the Golden Horseshoe and for people and businesses all across Ontario.”

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