New station builds upon 2009 federal investment to improve local train service

ACTON – Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, welcomed Metrolinx’s announcement that it will begin construction this month on a new Acton GO Transit station, with construction expected to continue into 2013.

This new station builds upon the federal government’s $15 million investment in 2009 to improve the Credit River bridge on the GO Transit line through Georgetown.  The provincial government matched this federal investment, providing a total of $30 million to add a second track to the Credit River, as well as provisions for a third track. These bridge improvements, which were completed in 2010, were critical to support the increasing local demand for public transit and vital to the future expansion of GO Transit service in the region, including the new Acton station.

“I am pleased that residents in and around Acton are further benefitting from our government’s investment to improve the Credit River bridge in Georgetown,” said Chong.  “The new GO Transit station will provide the residents of Halton Hills with an alternative option for transportation and will create wider access to the Greater Golden Horseshoe, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and relieving traffic congestion.”

Chong commended the Town of Halton Hills’ Mayor Rick Bonnette and Town Council for their determination in advancing this project, including the land lease agreement between Metrolinx and the Town of Halton Hills.  He also applauded Ted Arnott, Member of Provincial Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, for his efforts over the years in advocating for the extension of GO Transit service to Acton, Guelph and Kitchener.

When completed, the new station will be serviced by two morning and two evening trips on GO Transit’s Kitchener line (formerly the Georgetown line). GO Transit carries approximately 62 million passengers per year on its network of train and bus service.

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