Improved Transportation System on the Horizon

    Metrolinx Launches Wide-Ranging Consultation as First Step Towards
    Regional Transportation Plan

    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - The Greater Toronto Transportation Authority
(GTTA) today kicked-off an ambitious and ground-breaking public engagement
program to guide the future of transportation across the metropolitan region
of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
    The GTTA also announced it is conducting business under the name,
Metrolinx, a name that emphasizes its role in linking people to places across
the region.
    "Today we are taking the first step in improving the choices people have
when they need to go from place to place around the region," said
Rob MacIsaac, Chair of Metrolinx. "Less than a year from now, the people of
this region will be presented with a comprehensive plan for a coordinated,
seamless, sustainable transportation system."
    MacIsaac was joined by the Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley.
    "Transportation is a vital part of Ontario's quality of life. It impacts
our economy, our environment, and - most importantly - the time we can spend
with our families and friends," Bradley said. "The Government of Ontario
created an agency to develop a Regional Transportation Plan for this region
and we are delighted to see it taking shape so quickly."
    Central to the development of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) will
be an extensive consultation process, which began today with the launch of an
interactive website at <a href=""></a>. A series of Green Papers will help
guide the discussions.
    "This is a chance to have a say on transportation choices in the future.
We want people from across the region - from Hamilton to Durham and from
Toronto to York - to participate. If it makes transportation better, we want
to hear about it," MacIsaac said.
    The first Green Paper, released today, focuses on transportation trends
and outlooks for the region. Subsequent discussion papers will deal with
mobility hubs, active transportation, transportation demand management, moving
goods and delivering services, highways and roads, and transit. Based on the
feedback, these will evolve into White Papers and a Draft RTP, which will be
the focus of another major consultation initiative next spring. Again, the
feedback will be considered, and the final RTP will be released in the fall of
    "Throughout this process, we will always keep the transportation customer
in mind," MacIsaac said. "Whether you are a transit rider, driver, cyclist,
pedestrian, or shipper, our aim is to ensure a transportation system that is
timely, convenient and affordable."
    MacIsaac also announced the appointment of a number of community leaders
from across the GTHA metropolitan region to the Board's blue-ribbon Advisory
Committee. The committee, which will be chaired by Hamilton entrepreneur and
community advocate Mark Chamberlain, will assist the Metrolinx Board in
developing a series of discussion papers that will form the basis for the
Regional Transportation Plan.
    "Metrolinx better reflects our mandate to provide effective
transportation links throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area,"
MacIsaac said. "With the help of leaders across the region, we are creating an
organization that will be top-of-mind to people because of the difference we
are making in their lives."

    Metrolinx is a Crown Agency of the Government of Ontario, operating
within the legislative framework of the Greater Toronto Transportation
Authority Act, 2006 and the provincial Growth Plan.

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For further information:

For further information: Fran Agnew, Executive Assistant to the
Metrolinx Chair, (416) 874-5902; Jacquie Menezes, Senior Associate of Public
Affairs and Media, (416) 874-5923

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