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"The Conservative source said Harper will also make stops in Ontario next week, joining Premier Dalton McGuinty to make an infrastructure funding announcement."

MoveOntario 2020 funding? Gotta be pretty big if you managed to get Harper and Dalton together for the announcement.
It will either be a reannouncement of Kitchener/Waterloo LRT funding (which happened two weeks ago when they signed the accord), or from a political point of view, you could announce the Missisauga LRT on Hurontario, expanded Viva bus funding in the York region, or a formal ground breaking for the subway extension to the York region.

My bet would be a ground breaking for the subway project, since everything else would be a reannouncement (even if the subway project has been ballyhoed enough already).
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Gotta be pretty big as I believe this will be the first time Dalton and Harper will be together for a funding announcement.
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Well it's a little bit late to post this!

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According to the JCCBI and Transport Quebec, the Champlain Bridge carries approximately 135,000 vehicles per day (AADT) as part of A-10, A-15, and A-20, making the bridge the busiest in Canada.
Replacement of Champlain Bridge

On September 20, 2007, a major French-language Montreal daily published a story about Federal Government plans to build a new 10-lane span next to Champlain Bridge rather than face the increasing maintenance cost of the aging structure. Federal minister Lawrence Cannon confirmed that his ministry is seriously considering the prospect of a new bridge.

In October 2007, Novaroute, a private firm, revealed a plan that would construct a two-story tunnel bridge under the Saint Lawrence River that would also collect tolls based on the time period. In Novaroute's plan, one level will be for buses and trains while the second will be for regular vehicles except tractor-trailers. The tunnel will be built under a public-private partnership and will take five years to be completed.
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Port of Montreal gets $2.5B for expansion

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Over $2.5 billion will be invested into improving the Port of Montreal, port authorities announced Sunday.

It will be the first major expansion in two decades.

Montreal port president Patrice Pelletier said funds will come from a combination of financial reserves, loans, private investment and the federal government.

Michael Fortier, minister of international trade, highlighted the importance of the port for Montreal's economy.

"It's such an important player in our economy and it needs room to grow," said Fortier during a news conference Sunday.

He couldn't confirm a government investment of $600 million needed by the Port for its expansion, but said port authorities and the government are discussing the project.

"I think these plans have been well received by the government and well received by the community," Fortier said.

Pelletier noted the expansion project is expected to add 22,000 new jobs and increase economic spinoffs from $1.5 billion to $3.5 billion.

"We're also creating a fair amount of revenue for the government," he said.

An initial $500 million in funding is expected to be approved by the port's board of directors before 2009.

The first phase of the expansion will focus on refurbishing existing terminals and increasing efficiency.

The final two phases involve the construction of new terminals in east-end Montreal.

The four-part project has already begun and will be complete by 2020.

Port reports record profits
Pelletier said the port had record profits in the first six months of this year and was the most profitable port in Canada or the eastern United States.

"We're spending more money this year, we're going faster," said Pelletier. "It's just the beginning."

High fuel prices have not affected trade at port, he said, noting shipping goods by boat remains the cheapest transport method.

The expansion announcement was made during the Port of Montreal's first open house that allowed visitors into areas usually off-limits to the public.

"Today there's one objective," said Pelletier. "For people to understand what the port is all about."
22 000 new jobs!!! That's huge!
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Some info about the port of Montreal:
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The Port of Montreal, located in Canada's second largest metropolis, is one of the busiest on the North American continent, and the largest inland port on Earth. It has been judged one of the safest, and one of the most advanced on the planet, with most of the movement done solely by computers and machines. It is also the entry point to other major cities such as Toronto, Detroit and Cleveland. It is the second busiest port in Canada, behind Vancouver.
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2.5 Billion? 22,000 Jobs???
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Some info about the port of Montreal:
That's right foo's, behind VANCOUVER
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Wow, good job Montreal. Should be very interesting to watch over the years.
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$55-billion Toronto transit plan sets stage for political battle
Proposal pits mayor against province over light-rail line

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From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
September 3, 2008 at 3:39 AM EDT

A confidential draft plan for combatting commuter congestion in the Toronto region calls for spending $55-billion over 25 years on a network of new subway and light-rail lines, improved commuter rail, express bus routes and longer and wider roads.

The blueprint, drawn up by Metrolinx, the provincial transportation agency, also promises to set up a political fight between Mayor David Miller - who sits on the agency's board - and the province. The Metrolinx plan runs against the mayor's signature Transit City light-rail plan by calling for what the TTC has warned would be a prohibitively expensive subway-like transit line on Eglinton Avenue.

The Metrolinx plan, a copy of which was viewed by The Globe and Mail, is being presented to board members and provincial officials, including Premier Dalton McGuinty, this week.

It is more modest than other scenarios contemplated by Metrolinx, including one concept that would have cost $90-billion. The plan says it would cost $2.2-billion a year over 25 years, with most of the spending in the first 15 years. Many of the new transit lines it includes have been proposed, in one form or another, before, or were included in the province's $17.5-billion MoveOntario 2020 plan. The highlights are:

* Express GO Transit rail service from downtown Toronto to Hamilton, Oshawa, Brampton, Richmond Hill and Mississauga, running every 15 minutes, all day, in both directions;

* Express rail service every 15 minutes to Pearson Airport from Union Station;

* A subway or subway-like "Metro" line along Eglinton Avenue;

* A "Downtown Core" east-west subway line;

* Thousands of kilometres of longer and wider roads, including the extension of Highway 407 east to Clarington, as well as extensions to the 404, 427 and 410;

* Local rapid-transit bus or light-rail services along major routes in Hamilton, Halton, Peel, York and Durham Regions;

* $500-million for "active transportation," such as bike lanes;

* Northward extensions of TTC light-rail lines planned for Jane Street and Don Mills north to Highway 7 in York Region;

* GO Transit commuter rail service expansions or improvements including routes to Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo, Bowmanville and Aurora.

Metrolinx's 11-member board, made up mostly of Greater Toronto Area municipal politicians, with four seats from the city of Toronto, will debate the draft plan at a retreat this weekend in King City. Premier Dalton McGuinty is also scheduled to have a briefing on the plan this week, one source familiar with the plan said. A final-draft version, which may include modifications to the current plan, is to be presented this month for public consultations.

Other potentially controversial policies under consideration by Metrolinx - such as road tolls for the 400-series highways or new taxes on parking spots or gasoline - are to be presented in a separate financial plan.

For now, the revisions to the TTC's Transit City plan will likely generate the most political heat, as public meetings on the mayor's proposed light-rail lines, including a partly tunnelled line on Eglinton, are already going ahead.

While the Premier previously appeared to endorse the city's light-rail agenda, which is now expected to cost about $10-billion, Metrolinx is supposed to fine-tune the region's transportation plan and set priorities for provincial funding. Mr. Miller campaigned on the plan to run new, more modern streetcars along a partly tunnelled route on Eglinton, so scrapping that for a subway would put Toronto's mayor and Metrolinx on a collision course.

Adam Giambrone, the city councillor who chairs the TTC and also sits on the Metrolinx board, said yesterday he had not seen a copy of the plan. But he reiterated the TTC's objection to a subway along Eglinton, which he said is not warranted given the projected ridership numbers and would cost as much as $10-billion compared with a light-rail line with an estimated $2.2-billion price tag.

He warned it would also take much longer to build, meaning it might not happen at all - the fate met by the last subway planned for Eglinton, upon which construction had already begun before it was cancelled in 1995 by the newly elected provincial Progressive Conservative government of Mike Harris.

"I think we have said very clearly that we are not going to build a Metro or a subway on Eglinton," Mr. Giambrone said.

Metrolinx chairman Rob MacIsaac has argued previously that Eglinton is busy enough to warrant more than just a light-rail line.
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September 8, 2008

RAPID TRANSIT AGREEMENT INKED BY WINNIPEG AND MANITOBA
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$138-million Project To Include Dedicated Bicycle Paths


A rapid transit system and dedicated bicycle paths linking south Winnipeg to the downtown is one step closer to shovels going in the ground following a $138-million funding agreement reached between the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba, Premier Gary Doer and Mayor Sam Katz announced today.

“This is a significant infrastructure project linking south Winnipeg to our downtown,” said Doer. “It will help improve transit ridership and efficiency, while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet Kyoto targets. I am pleased to partner with the mayor on this important initiative.”

The first stage of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor will receive a $138-million investment and will extend from Jubilee Avenue to The Forks with a second, future stage to run from Jubilee Avenue to Bison Drive with both stages incorporating bike paths into their construction.

“I’ve always said rapid transit is part of our city’s future,” said Katz. “Today’s announcement takes a comprehensive approach to link our city with hubs focusing on mixed residential and commercial development that will provide the financial stability needed to make this important project a reality. By laying the groundwork today, we can move ahead on providing Winnipeggers with quick, reliable and green transportation alternatives at a time when gas prices are an unprecedented high.”

Winnipeg will contribute $30.75 million which includes $17.5 million from the 2008 Federal Transit Trust. The province will match the federal transit trust contribution of $17.5 million and will fund 50 per cent of the net operating costs of the rapid transit system through its existing 50-50 transit funding agreement, fulfilling its legislative commitment under the Climate Change Act passed earlier this spring.

The new rapid transit corridor will utilize the innovative tax increment financing tool to capture any incremental growth from residential and commercial infill development along the rapid transit corridor. Tax increment financing is an investment and development tool that reinvests property and school taxes into certain areas to encourage infrastructure development that otherwise would not take place.

As part of today’s agreement, the mayor and premier also agreed to jointly seek a one-third federal contribution to the second stage of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor and agreed to work together to continue the development of a comprehensive rapid transit system for the city of Winnipeg.
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That's right foo's, behind VANCOUVER
wow, thanks for that constructive contribution.
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Good announcement for Winnipeg - a long time coming
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That's great news, but how is 138 million going to get you rapid transit?
Is this just for the first phase, and if so where is the rest of the money coming from?
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That's great news, but how is 138 million going to get you rapid transit?
Is this just for the first phase, and if so where is the rest of the money coming from?
It is for 3.6 km of BRT. Money is from 3 levels of Government.
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Winnipeg could use some LRT. I mean, this is a baby step in the right direction, but when you hold a policy of absolutely ZERO freeways allowed in developed areas, as a mid-sized city, you gotta think that rapid transit should be picking up the slack.

People need to have options, and the bus system just isn't good enough.
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Yeah I didn't even think BRT, I thought they were talking about LRT the whole time. Good for the Peg!
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It's appropriate considering newflyer is from Winnipeg. They'll likely supply the articulated buses. Ahhh...well I believe Winnipeg scrapped the DE60LFR buses. So I dunno.
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It's appropriate considering newflyer is from Winnipeg. They'll likely supply the articulated buses. Ahhh...well I believe Winnipeg scrapped the DE60LFR buses. So I dunno.
As far as I know Winnipeg is awaiting their order of 20 DE60LFR's still, the one they had up from the states for the trial project was only there for 6 months. The order was placed around early fall 2007, with about a year and a half lead time on those buses currently. I do see a few blog articles about the testing being a failure, but nothing to indicate that the order was cancelled. Though it is possible they may have switched it to just standard D60LFR's instead.
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Don't get me started on BRT.........................

Cities like KW and Saskatoon are planning for LRT, while Winnipeg is implementing poor-mans transit.

Sigh.
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