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Toronto, Mar 14 (Canadian-Media)|: Toronto Mayor John Tory issued today the following statement on today's transit infrastructure funding announcement by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario
John Tory/Facebook page
"Today is good news for transit in Toronto and for all of our residents.
The federal and provincial government are pledging almost $9 billion for our priority transit projects. This funding is only possible due to the cooperation and mutual respect between the City, the province and the federal government.
Earlier today, I spoke with Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi to thank him and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for coming forward with this major investment in the future of the City of Toronto and the Toronto Region. During the call, the Minister made it clear that their intention is to continue to fund any projects that stretch beyond the timeframe of this 10-year program in the next phase of infrastructure funding.
I want to thank the Toronto MPs who stood up for Toronto and joined the push by the Big City Mayors for a per rider funding formula that recognizes the important role that the TTC plays in transit for our province.
I have also been in touch with Premier Kathleen Wynne to thank her for coming to the table to make these needed investments in Toronto transit.
Kathleen Wynne: Facebook
Back in 2015, we started a journey to secure funding for future transit projects.
For the first time, we now have all three governments dedicated to building the Relief Line, SmartTrack, the Scarborough Subway Extension, waterfront transit, and the Eglinton East LRT.
After years of delays and divisive debates, we are finally getting on with expanding our transit system, we are getting on with working together to build up our cities.
I look forward to discussing details of today's announcement with City staff. I am more determined than ever to get this transit built so people can get around and to make traffic better."