The federal government announced it will contribute more than $1.8 billion to the transformation of GO Transit into a regional express rail network, an initiative that officials say will lead to all-day, every 15 minute service by 2024.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement at the GO Transit Willowbrook rail maintenance facility in Etobicoke on Friday morning.
The money is coming from an infrastructure fund set up by the previous Conservative government.
“This will be the single largest transit project that the federal government has ever invested in,” Trudeau said in making the announcement. “The GO network will mean a faster commute, less time in traffic and more money in people’s pockets as they trade their cars for public transit.”
The province had previously said it would fund the entire $13.5 billion cost of the plan, but the investment from the federal government means that some of that money can now go to other transit projects.