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GO Opens New Station at Kennedy

At long last, GO Transit will open a new connection between its rail network and the Toronto subway tomorrow. Kennedy GO station becomes the network’s 56th station and its 5th connection with the subway.

The stop serves five inbound and four outbound Stouffville trains, granting riders from Markham access to the Bloor-Danforth subway, cutting travel time to parts of the city that previously would have required a long doubling-back from Union station. Passengers can buy single ride and multiple ride tickets from vending machines at the station, but there are no attendants on duty. The platform can be accessed both from TTC property and Eglinton Avenue.

Construction of the station was proposed as early as 2001, but was delayed due to a row between the City of Toronto and its neighbours over GO’s funding commitments.

Both GO and the TTC are promoting the official opening, to take place tomorrow morning. Further details can be found here.

Feds Promise Additional $200 Million for Toronto Transit

The federal government will promise to spend over $800 million over the next two years — $200 million of that going to Toronto — on public transit, according to this article from the Toronto Star. This money is over and above the gas tax transfers that are to come once the 2005 federal budget is passed.

John Godfrey, minister of infrastructure and communities, will make the announcement at the Canadian Urban Transit Association’s annual conference in Gatineau, Quebec.

The funds are to be earmarked for fleet renewal and investment in light rail, and they are to be divvied up by population, supposedly guaranteeing Toronto $200 million, but leaving it unclear what portion will go to the TTC and what portion will go to GO Transit.

There has been no comment, as yet, to the spending from the opposition in the minority parliament in Ottawa.

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