/R E P E A T -- Public meeting to discuss "The Big Move" transportation proposals in Peel Region October 21/



    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - Major new rapid transit lines and more frequent
GO rail service are among the proposed projects that will benefit Peel Region
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 Peel Region on
Tuesday, October 21, 2008.
    Metrolinx representatives will be at the International Centre, 6900
Airport Road, near the Mississauga/Brampton border, on October 21, 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
Peel Region 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:

    -   New rapid transit along Hurontario Street through Peel Region,
        connecting the Port Credit GO station, Mississauga City Centre,
        downtown Brampton and Caledon

    -   New rapid transit along Queen Street, connecting downtown Brampton to
        the new rapid transit spine on Highway 7 across York Region

    -   Other new rapid transit, including:

        -  Along Dundas Street, connecting Mississauga to the Kipling subway
           station

        -  Along Highway 427, between the Kipling subway station and Pearson
           Airport

        -  Along Highway 403, connecting Oakville, Mississauga City Centre
           and Pearson Airport

        -  Waterfront West, connecting the Port Credit GO Station and Union
           Station

    -   Faster, more frequent GO rail service, including:

        -  Brampton, between downtown Brampton and Union Station

        -  Lakeshore West, between Hamilton and Union Station

        -  Mississauga, between Cooksville and Union Station

    -  New GO rail service between Bolton and Union Station
    

    "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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