The Government of Canada is set to invest more than C$1.8bn ($1.35bn) in the GO Transit Regional Express rail project, which is being developed in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area.

The investment is planned to be offered through the New Building Canada Fund and will support a modern transit system. The new project is expected to provide faster commute, which will help in spending less time in traffic.

Trudeau said: “More families are choosing to settle in communities like Etobicoke, communities that allow parents to work in the big city, and allow kids to ride their bikes on the street. These communities are growing at a rapid rate, and investment in public transit needs to keep pace.

“That is why we’re investing in the GO rail network and over 300 additional projects in Ontario to reduce commute times, decrease air pollution, and improve the lives of millions of Ontarians.”

Trudeau has also announced approval of more than 300 additional projects in Ontario under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

The new projects are set to provide affordable transit services across the province.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said: “Over the last few years, the province has made significant progress towards modernising the entire GO network, allocating C$13.5bn ($10.1bn) towards GO RER and another C$7.8bn ($5.8bn) to upgrade and extend the GO network to include regular service to Niagara and Bowmanville.

“At C$21.3bn ($15.9bn), the GO capital programme is the largest commuter rail programme in Canada. It is great that the federal government is now investing in this transformation.”

The government is set to provide more than C$200m ($150m) for the 312 projects approved in Ontario, representing 50% of the total eligible costs.

GO Transit is an operating division of Metrolinx and officially merged with it on 14 May 2009.

Image: The investment in GO Transit Regional Express rail project is expected to result in a better commute. Photo: courtesy of Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.