In Toronto-St. Paul’s, we know the critical importance of public transit.
Strong transit systems keep us connected to our family, friends and work – improving the livability of our communities, fostering inclusivity and driving economic growth. An effective mass transit network also encourages people to leave their cars at home, reducing both traffic gridlock and greenhouse gas emissions. As well, the Ontario College of Family Physicians has reported that a lack of access to public transit – and increased reliance on cars – can even limit some people from getting the physical activity they need to stay healthy!
These are just a few reasons why I am so proud that our government is making significant investments in Toronto’s public transit system.
For example, the Government of Canada is investing nearly $13 million in the TTC’s initiative to refurbish its fleet of Articulated Light Rail Vehicles (ALRVs) at the Hillcrest TTC complex, right here in Toronto-St. Paul’s!
This project will extend the life of 30 high-capacity TTC streetcars, adding substantially to Toronto’s surface transit network and helping to reduce traffic congestion and commute times.
Our government is committed to making investments that strengthen our communities now, while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future. As a part of our “Investing in Canada” infrastructure plan, the federal government will invest more than $180 billion over the next 12 years in affordable housing, public transit projects, green infrastructure, as well as community, culture and recreation infrastructure, with dedicated funding for rural and northern communities.
On March 14th, 2018, the Governments of Canada and Ontario signed an agreement that will see the federal government invest over $11.8 billion in these initiatives, helping to fund a number of city-building projects, including 1,043 new buses for the City of Toronto, Smart Track, Waterfront LRT, the Relief Line, and the ALRV refurbishment.
With smart investments in the public transit infrastructure that Toronto needs, our government is making a real difference – helping to build transit capacity and get more people where they need to be as efficiently, affordably and sustainably as possible – while also creating good, middle-class jobs and ensuring that our community is a place where everyone has access to the opportunities they need to thrive.
To learn more about the Government of Canada’s long-term infrastructure plan, please visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html