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Kitchener-Guelph train cost in budget books, says Sandals

Local MPP Liz Sandals says the government has a plan for paying for better transportation and transit infrastructure in Ontario, including improving GO train service between Toronto and Kitchener through Guelph.
But she’s giving no hints about what this plan might be, saying it will be revealed this spring in the government’s annual budget.
Last week, with a possible spring election looming, the government announced that it will “move forward with a robust transportation and transit infrastructure plan,” but that the plan “will not include increases in the gas tax, HST or personal income taxes aimed at middle-income earners.”
Asked Tuesday what’s left with these options ruled out, Sandals replied with a chuckle, “You’ll have to talk to me after the budget” comes down.
Last September, Premier Kathleen Wynne appointed Anne Golden to head a new advisory panel to review investment strategy of Metrolinx, which runs GO Transit, and to come up with a series of recommendations to fund transit expansion in the Toronto area. Golden’s report, released in December, suggested an increase in the gas tax of could be paired with a 0.5% increase in the Harmonized Sales Tax, or HST.
A government news release Tuesday about Wynne’s announcement raised the possibility of future express GO train service between Kitchener and Toronto “that could save passengers 20 to 30 minutes per trip.”
Asked if such an express train would stop in Guelph, Sandals replied, “Yes, I believe it would.”
She said she expected it would be a “Kitchener-Guelph express” that wouldn’t stop at many of the other current GO train stops on the trip from Kitchener to Toronto’s Union Station.

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