Ontario and the City of Toronto have reached a major milestone in the integrated GO Regional Express Rail (RER)/SmartTrack project that will add six new GO/SmartTrack stations in the city, and transform GO Transit into an affordable and convenient option for trips within Toronto.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the GO Transit Willowbrook Maintenance Facility in Toronto today with Toronto Mayor John Tory to formally sign a SmartTrack Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). With GO RER/SmartTrack moving ahead, the Premier also announced that Ontario"s fiscal plan, as outlined in the 2018 Budget, allocates the provincial share required to build the next stage of major transit projects in the region, which includes the Relief Line Subway, the Yonge North Subway Extension and the Waterfront LRT.
Under the MOU, Toronto will fund the construction of six GO/SmartTrack stations, which will be completed by 2025 as part of an expanded GO rail network with increased service. The new SmartTrack stations will offer commuters a fast, affordable new way to get around the city and enhance Ontario"s enormous expansion of GO rail service across the region. As the Budget 2018 announced, all GO Transit trips within Toronto, which includes SmartTrack, will cost PRESTO card users just $3 per trip.
Working with cities to continually build new rapid transit options is part of the government"s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free licensed preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.