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Trudeau pledges funds for GO Transit's Regional Express Rail project

Trudeau has commited to providing CA$1.8 billion for GO Transit's RER project.
Photo – Trudeau's office


Canada's federal government plans to provide 1.8 billion Canadian dollars for GO Transit's Regional Express Rail (RER) project in the Golden Horseshoe area in southern Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced late last week.

The money is being made available through the New Building Canada Fund, which provides financial support for infrastructure projects.

The RER project involves electrifying core areas of GO Transit's network and providing more frequent service. 

"GO RER will deliver fast, electric trains as frequently as 15 minutes in both directions, serving communities in the [greater Toronto and Hamilton area] and beyond, including the Waterloo Region and Barrie," said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in a press release. "It will mean that people can spend less time commuting and more time doing what they love."

The RER project will cost CA$13.5 billion, the Toronto Star reported.