Letter-writing bee for electric trains May 2

Wellington, NZ (population 395,000) ordered these electric train units in 2010... maybe Toronto could have electric trains too.

Wellington, NZ (population 395,000) ordered these electric train units in 2010… maybe Toronto could have electric trains too.

Everyone’s invited to a special meeting of the Wabash Building Society on May 2, when we’ll have all the supplies necessary for a community letter-writing bee to advocate for electric trains instead of carcinogenic diesel trains on the rail corridor beside the park.

This is your chance to take concrete action in an easy, fun, productive way. All ages invited, especially kids.

Help send a message to Queen’s Park! We’ll deliver the letters.

Our provincial leaders could have chosen years ago to opt for cleaner, faster, quieter, lighter, cheaper electric trains for the new rail link connecting Pearson Airport to Union Station. The air-rail link, now called UP Express, could have been a model for eventual electrification of the entire GO train system.

Instead, the government wasted years, then ordered Metrolinx to purchase diesel trains in a deal with a California State transit agency. All to meet the Pan Am Games deadlines.

Do we want cancer trains as a legacy of the Pan Am Games? When there has always been a better alternative?

Read the open letter to Premier Wynne describing how diesel trains fail on all counts: health, environment, economic, transit, social justice. (The diesel train service is designed for the downtown One Percenters who can afford the $20-$35 one-way fare, not the people who live along the rail corridor. It is not public transit to the airport; compare Vancouver’s $3.75 fare to its airport on the electric Canada Line.)

The City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Professional Engineers of Ontario, Auditor General, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and many transit experts are among those who have spoken out against the current plan for the diesel air-rail link, for many reasons.

Write your own letter. Learn the facts. Help protect the health of those who use Sorauren Park and who live along the rail corridor. Make a difference in the next provincial election.

Come to the letter-writing bee:
Thursday, May 2, starting 7 p.m. at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse
50 Wabash Ave.

A Canadian company called Bombardier makes electric commuter trains for markets around the world. Maybe Toronto could have electric trains, too.

A Canadian company called Bombardier makes electric commuter trains for markets around the world. Maybe Toronto could have electric trains, too.

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