BARRIE - Premier Kathleen Wynne hopped off a southbound GO train at the Barrie South station shortly after 9 a.m., Friday.
As it was almost two hours after the last train usually leaves for all points south, Wynne took the 10-minute ride through Barrie to show what future train service will feel like within the next few years.
"Great to be back in Barrie, feels bigger every time I visit. There's a real sense of vision. It's like time-lapse photography," Wynne said at the makeshift podium.
"But equally visible are the barriers to the momentum here. People's quality of life and the competitiveness of our businesses are coming up against a ceiling. It's a ceiling we know all too well. Congestion on our roads and transit networks that have not kept up with our everyday needs or the needs of our modern economy."
With that, Wynne, backed by Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth, Mayor Jeff Lehman, Aurora Mayor Tom Dawe and Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig, announced the provincial government's new Regional Express Rail (RER) platform.
This year, GO Transit will add 24 week-day GO trains across Ontario. By 2020, they expect to increase the current system by 50%.
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