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Ask your provincial candidates: where do they stand on electrification?

The forthcoming and contentious Union-Pearson Express rail link is designed as a premium, high-fare service ($15 – $25 one-way) to carry a select few to the airport.

The train will cut through some of Toronto’s highest-needs neighbourhoods without stopping to offer local service or public transit to employment areas such as the the airport or downtown.

It will be largely hidden behind 16-foot-tall concrete noise walls, while leaving behind carcinogenic diesel exhaust.

An electrified Union-Pearson Express, like Vancouver’s Canada Line, would be cheaper to operate, non-polluting, quieter, and create the opportunity for more stations with faster stopping- and-starting trains.

Ask your provincial candidates in this election campaign:

• Should social justice be a consideration in transit planning?
• Does your party support electrification of the Union-Pearson Express?

• Does your party have a concrete plan, with deadlines and funding, to electrify the Union-Pearson Express?

On June 12, vote for cleaner, faster, quieter, cheaper, better rail transit. Vote for a party that has a real plan with funding and deadlines for electrification of the Union-Pearson Express.

Table comparing Toronto's diesel rail service to the airport vs Vancouver's better electric rail service

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