Rail link to Peterborough one step closer
as Province hoping on board
Published: March 28, 2008
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The Ontario and federal governments are working hand-in-hand on a number
of major projects involving transportation, which includes getting a
commuter rail link up and running between Peterborough and Toronto.
On Thursday afternoon, local MPP Jeff Leal told Peterborough This Week –
which first reported the story online at mykawartha.com – that the
Province and the feds just agreed to share the cost of a feasibility
study on the commuter rail link between Peterborough and Union Station
in Toronto. While local MP Dean Del Matro wrote a comprehensive business
case for the rail link back in October, MPP Leal says this study will be
much more detailed, while still taking advantage of the work already
done by MP Del Mastro.
MPP Leal notes the study, that should start within a month, will look at
creating a business case for the rail link between Peterborough and
Toronto, who the service provider could be, and also look at the issue
of municipalities building their own rail stations.
“We expect this study to be completed in less than a year,” MP Del
Mastro said in a statement released Thursday.
MPP Leal says the Province has agreed to put $195 million into the trust
fund established by the federal government for transportation projects
across Canada. But MPP Leal says the $195 million is earmarked for
transportation projects just in Ontario.
That $195 million will go towards paying for the feasibility study. The
money will also help fund extending a rail service from Bomanville to
Toronto, and also start up a GO bus service from Peterborough to Oshawa.
“This service [Go bus service], while not a replacement for the commuter
rail, is fundamental in that it demonstrates commuter service to
Peterborough is not only viable, it is also a requirement of any future
provincial transportation strategy,” MP Del Masto said.
This agreement between the province and the feds is something MPP Jeff
Leal says they have been working for a number of weeks.
“It's very positive news for Peterborough. It goes to show you when you
have quiet discussions and positive discussions, you can have a positive
result,” he says.
MPP Leal says further details about the GO service will come from the
Ontario Ministry of Transportation.