Last week, Metrolinx announced the construction of not one, but two new 1,200 car parking garage structures for the City of Vaughan to be located at the Rutherford and Maple GO Stations.  This is in addition to plans for a 3rd Vaughan GO Station at Kirby Rd, the $3.2 Billion for the TTC Spadina subway extension that includes two stations in Vaughan (Hwy 407 and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre) and the hundreds of millions for VIVA’s  RapidWay BRT expansion along Highway # 7.

Minister Stephen Del Duca, the Minister of Transportation and the MPP for Vaughan, has represented his constituents well. We would hope that Brampton, a sister community twice the size of Vaughan (610,000 vs. 320,000 residents) will be deserving of similar attention. If ever there was a need for more transit and commuter parking facilities supported by the public purse, it is, without doubt, in Brampton.  Canada’s 9th largest municipality, 3rd largest in the GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) and the fastest growing of Canada’s Top 10 cities.

We look forward to hearing from the Minister very soon with news of plans to create a Downtown Brampton GO Mobility Hub, an increase to parking capacity and the proposed All Day 2 Way GO service for the Kitchener GO line which includes Brampton’s three GO stations, Bramalea, Downtown Brampton and Mount Pleasant.

Chris Bejnar  Co-Chair CFBB