Draft Regional Transportation Plan and Investment Strategy for Fall 2008

    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - Metrolinx will present its Draft Regional
Transportation Plan and Investment Strategy at the next board meeting, now
scheduled for September 26, 2008.
    According to Board Chair Rob MacIsaac, the additional time will provide
the agency with the opportunity to more broadly address a full suite of
funding options, through expanded evaluation, design and assessment.
    "We want to conduct further analysis on our financing strategies before
the release of the Draft Regional Transportation Plan and Investment Strategy
for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)," said MacIsaac.
    "The Regional Transportation Plan will be the first of its kind in a
generation. Our Investment Strategy must respond to decades of under
investment in transportation infrastructure. Taking the extra time now, will
ensure we are able to bring the best possible options to the Board and the
public in September," MacIsaac said.
    In its Draft Regional Transportation Plan and Investment Strategy,
Metrolinx will propose a phased approach to implementing a 25-year vision to
provide people and businesses with more travel choices across the GTHA. The
agency is also committed to developing a funding plan that will be supported
by the public.
    "In the end, we must have a funding program that meets the needs of the
region while providing value to commuters, businesses, and taxpayers," said
    "In so doing, we have an opportunity to tackle greenhouse gas emissions,
to create and protect jobs by enhancing our economic competitiveness, and to
ensure people have more time with their families."
    The public and stakeholders will be invited to participate in additional
consultation meetings in October to provide input to the Draft Transportation
Plan and Investment Strategy. Online consultations continue at

    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 further information:

For further information: Fran Agnew, Executive Assistant to the
Metrolinx Chair, (416) 874-5902; Natalie Quinn, Senior Associate,
Communications and Marketing, (416) 874-5924

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