Metrolinx to study electrification of GO Transit's rail system

    TORONTO, May 26 /CNW/ - Metrolinx is going to study the electrification
of its entire GO Transit rail system as a future alternative to diesel trains
currently in service. An external advisory committee made up of community
representatives, including riders and independent technical experts, will be
established to advise Metrolinx on the Terms of Reference for the study.
    "This committee's advice will be important as we move forward in
designing the study to guide us in converting GO Transit's urban rail network
from diesel to electric," said Rob Prichard, President and CEO of Metrolinx.

    Among the issues the Terms of Reference could address:

    -   Criteria to determine the staging of electrification of GO's rail
    -   Performance improvements for riders
    -   Power supply and distribution
    -   Union Station capacity
    -   Rail corridor ownership
    -   Urban planning benefits
    -   Vehicle technology options and availability
    -   Physical constraints
    -   Property impacts
    -   Impacts on GO capital and operating costs

    "The Big Move recommends future Express Rail service throughout the GTHA,
for which electrification is an important element. This study is the critical
next step. I am very pleased that we are moving forward on this issue in a
comprehensive way," said Rob MacIsaac, Chair of Metrolinx.
    The study could commence as early as this summer and be completed by
winter 2010.

    Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario. For more
information visit our website

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For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Jacquie Menezes, Senior
Associate, Public Affairs and Media, Metrolinx, Phone: (416) 874-5923, Cell:
(647) 289-4523,,

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