Another shot in the train wars

The Clean Train Coalition just keeps saying  “I think I can; I think I can”, even when the odds look long.

Metrolinx has said many times and for months that the Air Rail Link cutting through Weston will be diesel, at least until it (maybe) gets the money to electrify (sometime) in the future. That’s not good enough for the Clean Train Coalition, which has been hounding Metrolinx for years, and which recently sent its chair, Mike Sullivan, to the House of Commons as our MP.

The Clean Train Coalition co-sponsored research completed by the group Transport Action Canada. The result is an enormous report, released this week, covering world-wide transit solutions and the history of transit in Ontario. But it comes to a simple conclusion:

Now, the opportunity has arisen to recommit to GO and fully embrace its ability to bring about decisive change to the community habits and land development patterns of the GTHA…. More trains, on more lines, operating on quicker schedules, seven days a week….

The time for accelerated GO Transit electrification is now.

The report can be downloaded here.

 

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

1 thought on “Another shot in the train wars”

  1. Mr. Sullivan has put his sights on promoting public transit concerns in the House of Commons. He is absolutely right about this country developing a national public transit strategy, one that makes economic and common sense.

    Here is what he had to say yesterday in the House.

    Public Transit
    Statements by Members

    June 7th, 2011 / 2:15 p.m.

    NDP

    Mike Sullivan York South—Weston, ON

    Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the voters in York South—Weston, who sent me here to advocate for them. I will do my utmost to bring forward their issues in this House, like public transit.

    Public transit supports economic activity, improves productivity and, done right, it helps clean the air. In York South—Weston, public transit is an important public service, as it is across Canada.

    Unfortunately, public transit is not a priority of the government. Aside from the gas tax rebate negotiated nearly a decade ago by then-FCM president, the hon. member for Toronto—Danforth, the current federal government refuses to support this crucial element of our economic life. This must change if we are to help Canadians in their daily life.

    The federal government must develop a national public-transit strategy so that sensible investments in public transit like electric light rail can be made to meet the needs of millions of Canadians.

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