Hamilton will have all-day, two-way GO train service in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Friday.
McGuinty, who made the announcement Liuna Station on James Street North, also promised that Hamilton will see two new stations — one on James North, across the street from Liuna, and the other at Confederation Park. The move is expected to create 8,000 jobs.
Mayor Bob Bratina — who has focused on bringing all-day GO train service to Hamilton — was the only other speaker at McGuinty’s Hamilton appearance. It’s the second time Bratina has appeared alongside Hamilton’s slate of Liberal candidates to promote all-day GO service in the past two weeks.
However, while McGuinty promised to improve GO service, he backed away from his government’s promise to build two Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines to Hamilton. He would not recommit to building those two lines, instead saying that he will “recommit to continuing the conversation” about LRT in Hamilton.
NDP leader Andrea Horwath and PC leader Tim Hudak are in Thunder Bay today for a northern debate — an event McGuinty declined to attend.
However, McGuinty refuted claims that he was ignoring the North and said the GO trains he’s promised Hamilton will be built in Northern Ontario.