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Stephen Harper in Mississauga for start of transit project

August 17, 2010

MISSISSAUGA—Stephen Harper was in Mississauga, Ont., today to mark the start of construction on a rapid transit project expected to ease congestion in the Greater Toronto Area.

The prime minister called the project that will see a dedicated bus corridor serve thousands of commuters each day the “public transit equivalent of a super highway.”

Construction began today on the previously announced Mississauga bus rapid transit project and is expected to be completed in 2013.

Harper says when the rapid transit system is in operation commuters will be able to bus from one end of the region to the other as fast or faster than they can now by car.

The bus corridor will run from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Renforth Drive parallel to Highway 403 and Eglinton Avenue.

Harper says the government has invested billions in public transit and transportation infrastructure because improving the efficiency of public transit benefits the economy.

“We also understand that the exhaust from millions of cars and trucks stuck in gridlock is a hazard to public health and a major sources of greenhouse gases in our country,” Harper said.

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