GO Transit will use new streamlined environmental assessment process to study upcoming projects



    TORONTO, June 25, 2008 /CNW/ - GO Transit is pleased that the Ontario
government has approved a revised, streamlined six-month environmental
assessment (EA) process for transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area. GO
plans to submit several upcoming improvement projects for study under the new
process.
    "We recognize the important role GO plays in preserving our environment,"
said GO Transit Chairman Peter Smith. "The Ontario government wants GO to
expand, and this streamlined EA process is a strong signal that they are
cutting out red tape to make it happen."
    The first project GO will submit under the revised EA process is the
proposed expansion of rail service on the Milton line. The study will explore
introducing all-day, two-way GO Train service to meet demand.
    GO will also submit its proposed Lakeshore East train service extension
to Bowmanville for assessment under the new process. GO Trains currently run
as far east as Oshawa, with GO Buses offering connections east to Bowmanville.
    With the six-month EA process for transit projects, GO will be able to
more promptly improve and expand transit options for commuters across the GTA
and Hamilton.
    "We would like to express our thanks to Environment Minister John
Gerretsen and to Transportation Minister Jim Bradley for making this happen.
GO Transit is always looking for ways to improve service for our customers,
and this shorter EA process will really help," said Smith.

    GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's interregional public transit
system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto
Area (GTA). GO carries more than 50 million passengers a year in an extensive
network of train and bus services that spans over 8,000 square kilometres.





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