Public meeting to discuss "The Big Move" transportation proposals in Hamilton October 30



    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - Expanded rapid transit and major advancements in
GO rail service are among the proposed projects that will benefit Hamilton 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 Hamilton on Thursday, October 30,
2008.
    Metrolinx representatives will be at the Hamilton Convention Centre on
October 30, 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
Hamilton 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:

    
    -   The first ever rapid transit in Hamilton, along King/Main from
        McMaster University through the downtown core all the way to
        Centennial Parkway

    -   Other new rapid transit, including:

           -  Along James Street, between Downtown Hamilton and Hamilton
              Airport
           -  Along Dundas Street, connecting Waterdown with the Kipling
              subway station in Etobicoke
           -  East-west across Hamilton Mountain along Mohawk Road connecting
              east Hamilton and Ancaster

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

    "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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