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Transit gets GO-ing with push east

By Mike Williscraft

A $1 billion commitment to a Hamilton transit project is huge news for a GO Transit connection to Grimsby and Niagara.

The announcement came Tuesday by Premier Kathleen Wynne of a Light Rail Line as well as the extension of GO’s Lakeshore West train service to a Centennial Parkway station, which is to be in place by 2019.

“It is a huge announcement for both the City of Hamilton and Region of Niagara,” said Grimsby Mayor Bob Bentley.

“Commitments of GO to Centennial Parkway is critical in getting GO around the corner of the lake and traveling east-west, with expansion into Niagara as the next step.”

The LRT aspect of the transportation package will connect McMaster University to Queenston Circle and, eventually, to Eastgate Square Mall.

The provincial government will pay the full cost of the project.

No timeline was discussed beyond Stoney Creek but Grimsby Reg. Coun. Tony Quirk said first things first.

“The first step in getting GO to Niagara has always been getting the Hamilton portion finalized,” said Quirk.

“Now that the East Hamilton station is committed, it will make it easier for the next piece of the puzzle to fall in place. This is exciting for those of us committed to getting GO train service to Niagara. Good news all around.”

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