Liberals promise all-day Milton GO Train service 

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All-day GO train service on the Milton corridor, a hot-button issue in Mississauga, is making a comeback on the campaign trail yet again. This time round it has been raised by Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca.

The Milton GO corridor runs through multiple stops in Mississauga, including Lisgar, Meadowvale, Streetsville, Erindale, Cooksville and Dixie stations before terminating at Toronto’s Union Station. Despite being the third busiest corridor in the GO Transit network, train service is restricted to East bound trains in the morning and West bound trains in the afternoon. All-day service is currently prevented by the presence of heavy freight rail traffic.

In a campaign style stop alongside Milton and Mississauga Liberal candidates on Monday, Del Duca promised trains both ways every 15 minutes during rush hour and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours, including weekends.

The Ontario Liberal leader also criticised Premier Doug Ford’s proposed Highway 413 plans, saying it makes “no sense for this region” and “is not a real solution for the hardworking families of Milton and Mississauga,” according to a news report.

Instead, Del Duca said the “liberation” of the Milton corridor will help grow ridership from 30,000 commuters pre-pandemic to 40 or 50,000 and will keep cars off the road and help the fight in limiting climate change.

Del Duca, who is a former provincial transportation minister, believes “this is the kind of plan that will help move this region and this province forward”.

All-day two-way GO train service on the Milton corridor also featured among Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra’s campaign promises.

“The people of Milton and Mississauga deserve a real plan for more frequent, less congested transit. I’m delighted to announce today that if elected in 2022, an @OntLiberal government will deliver two-way, all-day Milton GO service,” Alghabra tweeted in the run up to the September 20 federal elections. 

“That’s incredibly important to me. I want to make that a reality…and we’ll work with the Province (of Ontario) to get it done,” he also told insauga.com in a telephone interview after he was sworn in along with other Cabinet ministers at Rideau Hall. 

However, details need to be ironed out with the Ontario government and Metrolinx, the agency that manages transportation in the Golden Horseshoe. 

The province has yet to commit funding all-day two-way GO service on the Milton line, according to Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. She is urging the provincial and federal governments to work together to properly fund the GO Expansion Program on the Milton Corridor and put all-day, two-way service in place as soon as possible. 

 

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