New Lisgar Station Makes GO Transit More Convenient



    Eco-Friendly Station Will Better Serve West Mississauga Residents

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - GO Transit and the McGuinty government
today opened the new Lisgar GO station providing train and bus service for
hundreds of commuters. As part of its commitment to protecting the
environment, combating climate change and saving energy, GO Transit will
install a wind turbine this fall to generate the equivalent of 80 per cent of
the energy required at the station.
    Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield was joined by GO Transit Chairman
Peter Smith, Mississauga West MPP Bob Delaney, Mayor of Mississauga Hazel
McCallion, Mississauga Councillor Pat Saito, and Greater Toronto
Transportation Authority (GTTA) Chair Rob MacIsaac for the announcement.
    "Today, the Mississauga commute just got easier," said Cansfield. "This
new stop will make commuting by train to downtown Toronto far more convenient.
More than 800 riders will use this station daily."
    "This investment by the province will provide this community with better
access to public transit. This is essential if we want to continue to grow and
provide a viable option to driving," added Smith.
    Lisgar station is located on the Milton GO Train line. With more than 900
parking spaces, it is ideally located at 10th Line and Argentia Road, near
Highway 401 and Winston Churchill Boulevard. The Province and Greater Toronto
Area municipalities invested more than $7.5 million in construction.
    "Lisgar GO station will help commuters in the fast-growing communities of
Lisgar and Churchill Meadows get where they need to go," said Mississauga West
MPP Bob Delaney. "Having this station in our community will reduce traffic on
our roads and encourage many more people to walk or take the bus to the GO
Train."
    "The Lisgar and Churchill Meadows areas have grown from green fields into
the densest part of Mississauga. This government and our local MPP, Bob
Delaney have listened to the needs of our community," said Mississauga Ward 9
Councillor Pat Saito. "The City of Mississauga and the Government of Ontario
worked together to make this happen and today we are reducing road congestion,
and easing the strain on commuters."
    The new station will be fully accessible for customers with disabilities,
and will feature a station building, bus loop, kiss-and-ride for passenger
pick-up and drop-off, and a canopied train platform with passenger waiting
shelters.
    Wherever possible, recycled materials were used to build the station and
energy efficient lighting and heating was installed to reduce energy
consumption. To improve indoor air quality, environmentally friendly paints,
solvents and heating and cooling systems were also used.
    "Sustainable transportation is a priority for the McGuinty government,"
said Cansfield. "We are putting into place transportation solutions to meet
the needs of growing communities."
    "This part of Mississauga is growing very quickly, and our new GO station
will be a boon to the community," said Mayor of Mississauga Hazel McCallion.
"The more people ride transit, the fewer cars there will be on our congested
roads."

    GO Transit's train and bus service moves more than 48 million riders
annually or about 195,000 passengers on a typical weekday.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Stephanie Sorensen, GO Transit, (416) 869-3600 ext. 5231; Public Inquiries,
(416) 869-3200 (GTA), 1-888-438-6646 toll free, 1-800-387-3652 TTY

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