As the GTHA continues to grow, the need for regional transportation planning that addresses the needs and concerns of residents is more critical than ever. That’s why I’m pleased that Ontario is making historic investments into how we get around the region, making daily commutes easier and improving our quality of life.
One of the ways we’re doing this is by through Ontario’s Regional Express Rail (RER) initiative. The RER will provide faster, more frequent GO rail service, with electrification on the core segments of the GO rail network, including the Lakeshore West GO train line. With trains all day, evening, and on the weekends going both directions, residents will have more options to get to and from where they’re going.
An important component of the RER along the Lakeshore West GO line is to address the traffic congestion at certain rail or road crossings. Residents have shared their frustration about congestion at both the Kerr Street and Burloak Drive rail crossings. To address this, Ontario, along with our federal and municipal partners, is helping to ease congestion by building new road-under-rail grade separations along the Lakeshore West GO train line.
As the lead agency for this project, Metrolinx is hosting a public information meeting so that the public has an opportunity to learn more about the process and has an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback about the project. I hope you will join me at the upcoming information session this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.
Since my time as Regional and Town Councillor, when I chaired the planning committee, I have felt that it is important that citizens be involved in the planning processes and given a say in how their community is planned. Public input from ordinary citizens, residents groups, and businesses plays an important role in how our community grows. I encourage residents in the Burloak Drive and Kerr Street areas to stay informed about our regional transportation plans and provide your feedback to Metrolinx or to my constituency office.
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, ON L6L 3L5
*This location is accessible.
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