The Ontario government is moving ahead with plans for the carcinogenic diesel trains for the Union-Pearson rail link running beside Sorauren Park. This is in addition to growth of the existing GO train service, for a planned eight-fold increase in diesel train traffic over the next several years.
The Metrolinx transit agency is also installing 16-foot (5-metre) high noise walls along many sections of the rail corridor, including a planned wall for Sorauren Park and area. The walls would not be necessary with quieter, lighter, faster, cleaner, cheaper electric trains.
To bring the community up to date on both the cancer trains and the wall, the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association is devoting its March 26 meeting to this controversial subject.
The Union-Pearson rail link concept (UP Express) has been widely criticized from everyone from the Auditor General to academics and transit experts for its flawed business plan, use of carcinogenic diesels, greenhouse gas emissions, social injustice, and the missed opportunity to create a west-end downtown relief line using electric trains with more stops.
To learn more, come to the RMRA meeting Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Fern Avenue Public School.
Also read the background and the Wabash Building Society’s views on the train service, and an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne. Add your voice to the growing chorus for electric public transit instead of cancer trains!
And don’t forget the musical fundraiser for the Clean Train Coalition on Friday, April 5 at the Perth-Davenport Centre.