On August 31st 2009, the Clean Train Coalition among others sent formal objection to the The Minister of the Environment.
On November 16 over 60 people turned out for a spirited demonstration at Metrolinx’s head office on Bay Street.
The demonstration took place as the Board of Directors were being updated on Metrolinx’s Electrification Study and progress on the Air Rail Link. Following the demonstration, the crowd moved upstairs to Metrolinx’s offices and packed the meeting to overflowing! It was a great turnout, especially for a weekday morning.
The demonstration was excellent but, unfortunately, Metrolinx continues to demonstrate disrespect for our communities and the process which they asked us to buy into.
Amazingly, although the initial findings of Metrolinx’s study indicate that electrification will not be as expensive as they originally claimed and that it is more cost effective over the medium and long terms, they are going ahead with the purchase of diesel trains for the Air Rail Link.
On Wednesday January 26th the Clean Train Coalition (CTC) held a demonstration outside the Metrolinx board meeting at the Central YMCA on 20 Grosvenor Street. The rally called on Metrolinx not to proceed with the purchase of diesel trains for the air-rail link (ARL) to Pearson airport. The group then marched up Yonge St to the offices of the Ontario Liberal Party at 10 St. Mary Street. Here, Premier McGuinty was called upon to direct Metrolinx to purchase electric trains.
Notice was served that clean trains will be a major issue in the October provincial election if we are ignored. Thanks, all for helping to get the message through!
The Clean Train Coalition has successfully advanced the case for clean electric trains as the way of the future of sustainable mass transit. Metrolinx Board gave its support to the staff recommendations based on the electrification study to make the ARL the priority project for electrification, and to electrify all of Georgetown and Lakeshore routes. (See CTC Letter to the Metrolinx Board here.)