Ontario MPP agrees Kitchener GO trains ‘need to go faster’

November 21, 2015

Kitchener-Centre MPP Daiene Vernile has said she remains confident a two-way, all-day GO train service between Kitchener and Toronto will be a reality, despite concerns about slow commute times and a new timeline of 10 years for completion.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

In an interview Friday on CBC’s The Morning Edition, Vernile said she shares the frustration of tech industry leader Stephen Lake, co-founder and CEO of Thalmic Labs, who this week said it’s “crazy” to expect riders to tolerate a four-hour round trip.

However, the Liberal MPP said she’s talking to “all of the local stakeholders every day” and there is a strong push to get things done. She listed developments showing the project is progressing:

  • A year ago, Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of GO Transit, bought 53 kilometres of track between Kitchener and Georgetown.
  • Construction began on a layover facility at 200 Shirley Ave., in Kitchener this year.
  • GO Transit will be doubling service between Kitchener and Toronto, starting next year.
  • Former federal transportation minister David Collenette was appointed last month as special adviser in charge of high-speed rail in Ontario. He’s looking at the line all the way from Toronto to Windsor.
  • During the launch of the layover facility earlier this week, Michael Wolczyk, vice-president of corridor infrastructure at Metrolinx, said the Kitchener line is a “top priority.” He has been previously quoted as saying talks with CN Rail on sharing the line have been “very productive.”

Read the full story from CBC News Canada by clicking here.

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