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Ontario's budget deficit deals blow to proposed transit projects


The province of Ontario’s 2010 budget woes will delay the implementation of Metrolinx’s “Big Move” transit infrastructure expansion plan and “threaten the future” of four transit projects, according to the Toronto Board of Trade.

The Finch, Eglinton and Scarborough light-rail projects, and $1.4 billion York Viva rapid-transit line likely are on hold because the province is dealing with a $21 billion deficit. However, several other planned projects should proceed, including the Union-Pearson/Georgetown GO Transit link, and Sheppard light-rail and York University lines, according to the board.

The province’s budget “underscores the urgency for Metrolinx, [greater Toronto] municipalities and our senior-level governments to engage the public on the development of a long-term transit infrastructure financing plan,” said Toronto Board of Trade President and Chief Executive Officer Carol Wilding in a prepared statement.

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