/R E P E A T -- Public meeting to discuss "The Big Move" transportation proposals in York region October 20/

    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - Two subway extensions and five new rapid transit
corridors are among the proposed projects that will benefit York 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 York Region on Monday, October
20, 2008.
    Metrolinx representatives will be at the Premiere Convention Centre, 9019
Leslie Street, on October 20, 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
York 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:

    -   Extension of the Spadina subway from Downsview Station to York
        University and the Vaughan Corporate Centre

    -   Extension of the Yonge subway from Finch Station to Langstaff in
        Richmond Hill

    -   New rapid transit, including:

        -  Along Highway 7, connecting Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham and
           downtown Brampton

        -  On Yonge Street, from the new subway station at Langstaff to

        -  Two connections to the Bloor-Danforth subway line, along Don Mills
           Road from Highway 7 and along Jane Street from the Vaughan
           Corporate Centre

        -  Along Steeles Avenue/Taunton Road, from York University to

        -  Along Highway 407 from Pearson Airport to Markham with further
           service east to Pickering

    -   Faster, much more frequent GO rail service between the Richmond Hill
        GO Station and Union Station

    -   Upgraded GO rail service to Stouffville, Aurora and Newmarket

    "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

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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