Public meeting to discuss "The Big Move" transportation proposals in Halton region October 29



    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - Expanded rapid transit and major advancements in
GO rail service are among the proposed projects that will benefit Halton in
The Big Move: Transforming Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton
Area. The 25-year, $50 billion plan, released as a draft by Metrolinx, will be
discussed at an Open House/Public Meeting in Halton on Wednesday, October 29,
2008.
    Metrolinx representatives will be at the Halton Regional Centre
Auditorium, 1151 Bronte Road, on October 29, for an Open House beginning at
5:00 p.m., followed by a Public Meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The public can
also comment on The Big Move on-line, at www.metrolinx.com (on the Home page,
click on the "Participate in our online consultations" button).
    "The Big Move will make significant improvements in the way people in
Halton get around," said Metrolinx Chair Rob MacIsaac. "It will also create
seamless, integrated connections from your community to the surrounding area
because people don't live their lives along municipal boundaries."

    
    Infrastructure projects set out in The Big Move include:

    -   Faster, much more frequent GO rail service on the Lakeshore line
        between Hamilton and Union Station, and on to Oshawa

    -   New rapid transit, connecting Halton - as well as Hamilton and Peel -
        to the Toronto subway system, along Dundas Street

    -   New rapid transit along Trafalgar Road, between Highway 407 and
        midtown Oakville

    -   Two-way, all-day regional rail service between Georgetown and Union
        Station

    -   Two-way all-day regional rail service between Milton and downtown
        Toronto

    -   A new transitway connecting the Oakville GO Station, Mississauga City
        Centre and Pearson Airport, via Hwy 403
    

    "Each of these individual projects and many other programs will make a
big difference, but the way they fit into the bigger picture is even more
important," MacIsaac said. "The Big Move includes more than 100
recommendations to revitalize our communities and make them the kinds of
places where you can take transit, ride a bicycle or walk - giving you more
choices for your day's activities. And, by integrating transit fares and
providing the information you need, when and where you need it, you will have
the opportunity to choose the best way to travel."

    Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario, operating within
the legislative framework of the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Act,
2006 and the provincial Growth Plan. For more information visit our website
www.metrolinx.com.





For further information:

For further information: Jacquie Menezes, Senior Associate, Public
Affairs and Media, Metrolinx, Phone: (416) 874-5923,
Jacquie.Menezes@metrolinx.com, www.metrolinx.com


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