In spring 2014, the Government of Ontario announced its plan to commit $29 billion over 10 years to build an integrated transportation network across the province, called Moving Ontario Forward. The 2015 Budget increased that commitment to nearly $31.5 billion available over the next 10 years for investments in priority infrastructure projects province-wide, such as public transit, roads, bridges and highways. This includes:
- Approximately $16 billion in funding for priority rapid transit projects in the GTHA; and
- Approximately $15 billion in funding for critical infrastructure projects elsewhere in Ontario.
Through the Moving Ontario Forward plan, the Province and Metrolinx are working together to deliver key transit improvement projects from the Regional Transportation Plan.
Through GO Regional Express Rail, we are transforming the GO rail network – the backbone of regional rapid transit in the GTHA – by bringing more train trips to every GO rail corridor to move people across the GTHA faster and more easily.
The Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit (LRT) project is also moving ahead. Led by Metrolinx, this project will bring 23 kilometres of rapid transit to Mississauga and Brampton, and will benefit the broader Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
A new LRT project in Hamilton will offer speedy service from McMaster University through downtown Hamilton to Queenston Circle. The LRT will connect directly to the new West Harbour GO Station at James Street North, and will protect for a future, high-order pedestrian connection to the Hamilton Centre GO Station.
Ongoing planning and design work will also continue for projects in the "Next Wave" of the Regional Transportation Plan.