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  • Statement to the Ontario Legislature (May 30, 2007)
    Lakeshore and Georgetown lines and by the end of this year GO rail service restored to Barrie We are also constructing underpasses and overpasses so that GO train commuters won t be delayed by freight traffic on the Georgetown Bradford and Stouffville lines And Mr Speaker we can t forget about the heart of GO s expansive network Union Station GO Transit has also embarked on an extensive renewal program for Union Station and the tracks approaching the historic station The improvements will double the station s capacity to more than 80 million passengers per year and will improve train operations and reduce operating costs We are making improvements to Union Station so that commuters can easily get around We have opened a new platform and added new stairways to reduce bottlenecks and make it easier for riders to get to the GO concourse transit connections and street level walkways The historic train shed roof one of only two of its kind in Canada will be rehabilitated providing a cleaner brighter platform area A modernized signal system will improve reliability and allow trains to move quickly in and out of the station More efficient use of trains means a better system for riders These improvements will allow GO to expand routes and increase service to keep pace with the growth in the GTA and Hamilton Our investments have provided GO riders with access to four new train stations at East Gwillimbury Mount Pleasant Kennedy and the relocated Milliken station We have opened a new bus terminal at Square One in Mississauga and at McMaster University in Hamilton We have also purchased 70 new bi level railcars that can carry seven million more passengers per year 27 more powerful and fuel efficient locomotives 144 new accessible buses and 12 double decker

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/news/statements/stat070530.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Statement to the Ontario Legislature (May 29, 2007)
    for a better tomorrow Mr Speaker this government believes that a sustainable transportation system must balance all transportation modes including air rail road marine and public transit We need to make the connection to fuse modes of transportation we can t build a system in isolation In the interests of sustainability we are also shifting the focus from creating more highways to using our highways better High Occupancy Vehicle or HOV lanes are a big part of that We invested over 127 million to build the first provincial HOV lanes on Highway 403 and Highway 404 southbound to reduce emissions by encouraging carpooling and transit use And last Thursday I announced our province s ambitious plan to create a connected HOV lane network We re adding over 450 km of new HOV lanes on the 400 series highways in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Mr Speaker I m proud to say we also looked in our own backyard My ministry is working to make its operations more sustainable by Converting all MTO traffic signals to high efficiency LED lamps and saving enough energy to continuously light almost 12 000 100 watt light bulbs for a year Making 100 per cent of reclaimed pavement available to ministry contractors who repair and build roads across Ontario And we converted the Fort Erie Truck Inspection Station building to solar power to help reduce energy consumption But more than anything Mr Speaker public transit is the cornerstone of a sustainable transportation system GO Transit has become the backbone of interregional transit in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton serving more than 48 million riders in 2006 07 And I was honoured to be a part of GO s 40th anniversary celebrations last week Since 2003 we have invested almost 1 8 billion in GO Transit

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/news/statements/stat070529.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Statement to the Ontario Legislature (May 15, 2007)
    motorized boat you will be subject to the same penalties as drinking and driving These include an immediate 12 hour suspension of your driver s licence if you register in the warn range 05 to 08 blood alcohol concentration BAC a 90 day suspension of your driver s licence if you register over 08 BAC a one year suspension of your driver s licence the first time you are convicted of an alcohol related Criminal Code charge and you will be hit with a large increase in your insurance premiums Mr Speaker these programs apply to anyone convicted of operating a boat while impaired including powerboats jet skis dinghies sailboats and canoes And depending on the number of times they have been convicted of driving while impaired a person could lose their driver s licence for life Mr Speaker Ontario has some of the toughest drinking and driving laws in Canada On top of the driver s licence suspensions I ve just mentioned we have a mandatory ignition interlock program mandatory alcohol assessment education or treatment and follow up and a vehicle can be impounded if a person is caught driving while their driver s licence is under suspension for a Criminal Code driving related offence Our government wants to make our laws even tougher last month I introduced legislation in this House to protect Ontarians from drinking drivers If passed this legislation would increase roadside driver s licence suspensions for drunk drivers allow the courts to take vehicles away from repeat drinking and driving offenders and establish an early ignition interlock program for Criminal Code offenders With this proposed legislation the McGuinty government is delivering on its commitment to ensure Ontario builds upon its successful record as a leader in road safety by keeping our communities and families safe

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/news/statements/stat070515.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Statement to the Ontario Legislature (May 3, 2007)
    keeping Ontario s roads safe And we have a simple message for street racers stay off our roads Mr Speaker street racers need to know they are putting their own lives and the lives of innocent people at risk by racing or speeding Almost half of all deaths on our roads are tied to speeding or loss of control In fact police and media reports indicate that street racing may have been a factor in an estimated 35 road deaths in Ontario since 1999 These are senseless tragedies that should never have happened in the first place That is why our government recently introduced legislation to tackle street racing head on Today drivers charged and convicted of street racing can be fined up to 1 000 assigned six demerit points face jail time and lose their licence Mr Speaker our new legislation if passed contemplates even tougher sanctions for drivers who use our roads like racetracks If passed the Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act Bill 203 would give police the power to immediately suspend licenses and impound vehicles for seven days when drivers are involved in street racing and stunt driving It would also put in place the highest street racing fines in Canada Minimum fines would increase from 200 to 2 000 and maximum fines would go as high as 10 000 Mr Speaker we ve given police across the province the tools they need to get tough with speeders and street racers to get them off our streets And yet there is more we can do Street racing is a selfish thoughtless act that ends lives By racing on our roads people are choosing to put their own lives and the lives of innocent people at risk Families and friends lose their loved ones We cannot

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/news/statements/stat070503.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Statement to the Ontario Legislature (April 12, 2007)
    face tougher penalties than ever and they will get stiffer for repeat incidents First time roadside driver s licence suspensions would range from three days for a first reading of between 05 and 08 BAC to seven days for a second infraction and 30 days for a third or subsequent incident Mr Speaker the second time someone is caught they ll have to complete an education program And if they re caught again they ll have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for six months And if this legislation is passed repeat drunk drivers will finally face the real possibility of having their car seized by the courts Mr Speaker we re also going to make our roads safer by cracking down on street racers who choose to race on Ontario s roads Since 1999 there have been 35 street racing related deaths in Ontario and innocent bystanders are often the victims of these senseless acts This legislation if passed would give law enforcement the power to suspend the licences and impound the vehicles of drivers involved in street racing and stunt driving Mr Speaker this legislation would give police the power to issue an immediate roadside seven day licence suspension and a seven day vehicle impoundment for street racing or participating in a driving contest or stunt driving It would also increase the minimum fine from 200 to 2 000 and it would increase the maximum fine from 1 000 to 10 000 Mr Speaker this would make our street racing fines the highest in Canada And we re serious about protecting the men and women who help keep Ontario safe It s sobering to consider that more police officers are killed at roadside than during any other activity We ve asked the law enforcement community

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/news/statements/stat070412.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Déclaration à l'Assemblée législative de l'Ontario, 4 avril 2007
    réduit le nombre de véhicules sur les routes chaque jour ouvrable Monsieur le Président notre gouvernement a également investi 42 millions de dollars depuis 2003 afin d améliorer les transports en commun municipaux à Hamilton Il n y a pas plus longtemps qu hier Hamilton a pris livraison de 12 nouveaux autobus hybrides dont le coût a été partiellement financé par la province Nous avons concrétisé notre engagement de consacrer une part de la taxe provinciale sur l essence afin d améliorer les transports en commun dans toute la province Le 1 er octobre 2006 nous avons augmenté ce financement à deux cents pour chaque litre d essence vendu en Ontario Cette année nous accordons aux municipalités 313 millions de dollars en fonds provenant de la taxe sur l essence Cela se traduit par une expansion des services et un grand nombre de nouveaux autobus plus confortables et plus accessibles partout en Ontario D ici septembre 2007 la Ville de Hamilton aura reçu de la province près de 26 millions de dollars provenant de la taxe sur l essence depuis 2004 En outre Monsieur le Président le gouvernement McGuinty a fourni à Hamilton 14 3 millions de dollars pour remplacer des véhicules de transport en commun plus de 2 2 millions de dollars pour contribuer au remplacement des véhicules cette année plus de 520 000 pour donner de l expansion aux transports en commun C est avec plaisir que je puis affirmer que nos investissements produisent d excellents résultats Le nombre d usagers des transports en commun à Hamilton a augmenté d environ 2 7 pour 100 entre 2003 et 2005 ce qui représente près de 570 000 déplacements de plus Cela signifie quelque 475 000 trajets en voiture de moins chaque année à Hamilton et en périphérie En incitant

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/news/statements/stat070404.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Statement to the Ontario Legislature (April 3, 2007)
    they are traveling on a school bus and in other aspects of their lives is something we as a government take very seriously That is why I am so pleased to announce that we are investing 2 million to keep children safe by helping to pay for the retrofitting of any school buses built before January 2005 that are not already equipped with a crossing arm The funding will also be made available to school bus operators who added a crossing arm at their own expense Mr Speaker by January of next year every school bus in Ontario will have a crossing arm No exceptions This requirement is the culmination of our government s strong commitment to improving school bus safety in Ontario Since taking office our government has made sure that the owner of any vehicle that illegally passes a school bus faces charges regardless of who is driving at the time We ve increased the fines for speeding and added three demerit points for those who endanger pedestrians at crossings And Mr Speaker our government required every new school bus built after January 1 2005 be equipped with more safety features But Mr Speaker despite the actions we

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/news/statements/stat070403.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Statement to the Ontario Legislature (December 13, 2006)
    the peak rush hour Our HOV lanes are working but there s room for more carpoolers It s important to keep the momentum going and keep carpools growing Indeed I would encourage all the members of this house and their staff to lead by example and carpool on a regular basis Mr Speaker HOV lanes are also encouraging people to take public transit because bus operators can offer faster more reliable trips and customers can be confident that their bus won t get stuck in traffic GO Transit has reported that ridership on the bus routes using HOV lanes is growing Public transit agencies using HOV lanes are reporting back that their buses arrive at their destinations on time and with greater consistency than ever before Our environment also benefits as lane use increases with more and more commuters carpooling or taking transit Mr Speaker our government s plan to encourage carpooling and public transit use is working Habits are changing People who carpool or take public transit are telling us that using HOV lanes allows them more time with their families than on the road Commuters are telling us their travel time is shorter when they use HOV lanes But it s not just HOV and public transit users who benefit Motorists in general traffic lanes on Highway 403 and 404 have seen eight to 11 minutes shaved from their commute times because there are less cars on the road Our government is building on this success By next summer the HOV network will expand with the opening of the northbound HOV lane on Highway 404 north of Highway 401 Initial stages of construction are underway to add HOV lanes on the QEW between Oakville and Burlington and we will also introduce HOV lanes on Highway 417 in Ottawa

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/news/statements/stat061213.shtml (2014-08-11)
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