GO Service Extension to Brantford Included in 2016 Ontario Budget 

For Immediate Release
2/25/2016 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager Corporate Communications 
Phone: 519-759-4150 

At a crucial time in the growth and development of our City and surrounding region, today’s release of the 2016 Ontario Budget confirms that GO Service will be extended to Brantford. The Province’s decision is the result of the tremendous hard work, persistence and steadfast commitment of MPP Dave Levac, Mayor Chris Friel, the Go Transit Political Action Task Force, Brantford City Council and city staff over the past four years.

"The transformational impact this development will have on the City of Brantford cannot be overstated," said Mayor Friel. "In addition to improving transportation for residents leaving the City every day, the service will also provide vital access to attract interest, innovation and investment to Brantford. We look forward to improving the quality of life for all citizens and providing a gateway for prospective residents, students and businesses to discover what our thriving community has to offer."

"This is a good day for Brant," echoed MPP Levac. This was a great team effort by many playing in the sandbox together. Brant will now be more accessible to visitors and commuters, continuing to make Brant the best place to live, work, play, and raise a family."

This outcome is part of the province’s ongoing commitment to invest in public transit and transportation infrastructure with objective of mitigating congestion, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting the growth of local economies.

Russ Loukes, Director of Engineering Services for the City was integral to developing the City’s Business Case for GO Transit extension to Brantford. "This affirms the Province’s recognition that Brantford is growing," said Loukes. "They see Brantford as a growing market and gateway to interconnect to other key communities along the Grand River including Six Nations and the County of Brant."

Several additional benefits will be realized as a result of this development including:

  • Reduced reliance on automobiles for interregional transportation demands
  • Enhanced economic and business opportunities in the region
  • New employment and academic recruitment opportunities
  • Cost saving options for residents currently commuting daily by automobile

The GO Transit Business case was completed and approved by Council in 2014 as part of the City of Brantford’s Transportation Master Plan. The Business Case, submitted to Metrolinx, evaluated alternative GO Transit bus service options for connecting Brantford with the GO Transit Lakeshore stations via McMaster University and/or Mohawk College in Hamilton, as well as potential connection to Grand River Transit (GRT) via City of Cambridge.

Historical Timeline:

  • March 19, 2012: Brantford establishes GO Transit Political Action Task Force appointing two Councilors and Mayor to commence lobbying the Province to amend Metrolinx Act to include Brantford in service area
  • April 30, 2012: Meeting with Metrolinx and Brant MPP recommend a Business Case is necessary for GO Transit to determine viability of service changes to change Metrolinx Act
  • May 21, 2013: City retains IBI to undertake Business Case as part of Transportation Master Plan
  • March 24, 2014 Council Approves preferred plan identified in GO Transit Business Case
  • March 28, 2014: Business Case report submitted to Metrolinx
  • August 25, 2014: Brantford Council endorses Transportation Master Plan outlining needs to accommodate City’s growth to 2031 including the recommended GO Transit services
  • June 12, 2015: Meeting with Metrolinx
  • September 24, 2015: Letter to Minister Del Duca requesting interim assistance to address continuing reduction in Greyhound service until GO Transit inter-regional services are established
  • February 21, 2016: Presentation to Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation at OGRA Toronto to outline highlights of the City’s business case including a feasibility analysis, coverage comparison and the City’s growth plan

The City is greatly encouraged by this overwhelmingly positive development and looks forward to sharing details of the extension plan as they unfold.

Full transcripts of today’s budget announcement are available

Media Contact:

Maria Visocchi
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
Brantford, Ontario
Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 | Cell: 519.732.9305
mvisocchi@brantford.ca