/R E P E A T -- Metrolinx launches public consultations on The Big Move/

    TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Metrolinx is seeking public comment on The Big
Move: Transforming Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The 25-year, $50 billion plan has been released as a draft, and Metrolinx
wants to hear from the public before finalizing the recommendations.
    "In order for the plan to work, we need input from the people who
actually use the transportation system," said Metrolinx Chair Rob MacIsaac.
"Transportation impacts on every person in the GTHA, and we want to engage as
many of them as possible to make sure we get this right."
    Metrolinx will host seven Open House/Public Meetings across the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area for participants to meet with Metrolinx board
members and staff and participate in discussions around proposals in The Big

    Monday, October 20 - Premiere Convention Centre, Richmond Hill
    Tuesday, October 21 - International Centre, Mississauga
    Wednesday, October 22 - Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
    Monday, October 27 - Downsview Park, Toronto
    Tuesday, October 28 - Heydonshore Pavilion, Whitby
    Wednesday, October 29 - Halton Region Auditorium, Oakville
    Thursday, October 30 - Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton

    Each event will begin with an Open House from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
followed by a Public Meeting - including roundtable discussions and
interactive exercises - from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. As space is limited at
each venue, please register to participate in a public meeting in advance
specifying which event you plan to attend in one of the following ways:
Register online at www.metrolinx.com (follow the "Public Meetings" links) or
send an e-mail to info@metrolinx.com or call 1-866-658-9890. For meeting
details including public transit directions visit the Metrolinx website.
    Metrolinx's two new documents, the Draft Regional Transportation Plan
(RTP) entitled The Big Move: Transforming Transportation in the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area and the Draft Investment Strategy (IS) are posted
online and are accessible 24/7 for review and comment by the public until
November 14 at www.metrolinx.com (click on the "Participate in our online
consultations" button). E-engagement is one of Metrolinx's popular green

    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

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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