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GO Goes to Trenches to Appease Weston Residents

To blunt Weston residents’ anger over proposals to accommodate the Blue 22 airport link by closing three important rail crossings through the community, GO Transit is proposing a $40 million trench through the area, pulling the tracks beneath street level, and connecting the two sides of Weston by a series of bridges. John Street would still have to close under this proposal, replaced by a pedestrian bridge, and Weston GO station would move south of Lawrence Avenue.

This Star article has more details.

Some Weston residents note that they support increased GO service, and their concerns are more with Blue 22, which would speed trains through their community every seven-to-eight minutes. It’s Blue 22’s service levels, not GO’s, that require that the level crossings be removed, so some are sure to wonder why Blue 22’s backers, SNC Lavalin, aren’t proposing to pay for the trench. However, it’s GO that’s holding the public meeting and it’s GO that’s taking the lead (and the brunt of the public anger) on the project.

The stage is set for an interesting public meeting in Weston this Thursday.

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