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Federal Election

Vernile Supports Vrbanovic’s Call for Federal Transit Investment

Kitchener - Kitchener Centre MPP Daiene Vernile applauds Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic's efforts urging commuters to raise the issue of transit to Waterloo Region with candidates in the upcoming Federal Election.

"Having recently facilitated a roundtable discussion with our Premier Kathleen Wynne, Transportation Minister, the Hon. Steven Del Duca, and our regional elected officials, I can report our government is right on track with its promise to increase GO Train service to our region," says Vernile.

Morning and evening GO Train service between Kitchener and Toronto will double in 2016 from two daily trains in the morning and evening, to four. The province is making good strides to deliver all-day, two-way service within the decade. Recently, the province purchased 53 kilometres of track from Kitchener to Georgetown, on the Kitchener line to improve future service.

The province has committed $15 billion dollars to transit investments outside the GTHA, with Waterloo Region identified as a top priority. Vernile adds, "We'd like to see our federal government show similar concern and commitment to investing in Waterloo Region. We need a strong federal partner to help us advance increased train service to and from our region," says Vernile. "The province has stepped up, and now we need Ottawa to recognize better transportation is tied to economic prosperity."

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