FIFE: Announcement a Start, but More Connectivity Needed for Waterloo Region

WATERLOO – Catherine Fife, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo and NDP Finance Critic, welcomes today’s announcement by the provincial government about increased GO service.

“I am pleased that the provincial government is keeping its promise from 2009 for four GO trains in the morning and the evening to Kitchener,” said Fife. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Improved transit options between Toronto and Waterloo Region are necessary. Estimates suggest at least 15,000 people commute to work every day in Waterloo Region.

“The key is connectivity – getting people to their jobs in Kitchener-Waterloo in the morning and home again,” said. Fife. “To do that, Waterloo Region needs two-way GO service. While today’s agreement-in-principle helps, without a funding commitment for a bypass that will cost billions, without a proposed route, without an environmental assessment, without a commitment from the federal government, there is little reason to believe that the Premier’s promise to deliver all-day, two-way GO rail by 2024 is any more solid that the previous promise to deliver all-day, two-way GO rail by 2019.”

In May 2014, the Minister of Transportation promised two-way, all-day GO service between Kitchener and Toronto within five years.