Metrolinx at public meeting Feb. 24 to discuss rail electrification, noise walls in park

Noise wall proposal for Sorauren Park including filled-in swale

Proposal for noise wall from Metrolinx/GO Transit and IBI Group

Come to the Feb. 24 meeting of the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association to hear Karen Pitre, head of Metrolinx’s electrification project, give an important update.

RMRA electrification and Sorauren Park noise wall update
Guest: Karen Pitre, Executive Director, Electrification, Metrolinx
Feb. 24, starting 7 p.m., Fern Avenue Public School

Free registration

Sorauren Park and fellow neighbourhoods along the Kitchener-Georgetown rail corridor will bear the brunt of a massive planned increase in carcinogenic diesel GO train traffic, starting with the new diesels of the Union Pearson Express later this year.

There are glimmers of a better idea. The provincial government has released a plan to electrify the GO rail lines under the title “Regional Express Rail.” Mayor John Tory’s overlapping SmartTrack plan also requires electrification of the 19th-century rail corridors, to provide faster, more frequent service with more stops and an affordable fare.

However, there are no firm budget commitments to date. Meanwhile, 16-foot-high (5-metre) noise walls to battle the din of noisy diesels will be constructed this year, including in Sorauren Park.

Show your support for faster, cheaper, cleaner, greener, quieter electric trains.


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