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Federal Liberals earmark old Tory infrastructure money for GO Transit project

Trudeau earmarks old Tory infrastructure money for GO Transit project
WATCH ABOVE: Justin Trudeau makes a transit funding announcement in Toronto

TORONTO – The federal government is earmarking $1.8 billion in idle infrastructure cash to a regional express rail project around Toronto and millions more for smaller transit projects around Ontario.

Combined with provincial money, the federal and provincial governments are pitching in $4.4 billion to GO Transit’s regional express project that will add track, parking capacity and renovate stations in and around Toronto.

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The federal dollars will come from the marquee infrastructure program set up by the previous Conservative government that the Liberals are now pushing provinces to start allocating to projects — or else watch the money flow directly to cities.

An additional $200 million announced today comes from the Liberals infrastructure program that started last year, which will fund 312 transit projects across the country’s most populous province.

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The Liberals plan to spend $82.8 billion from their infrastructure program over the next decade, not including the more than $100 billion to be spent over the same time from previous infrastructure programs.

The Liberals are banking that the infrastructure money will boost economic growth rates.