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Clean Train Coalition to demand electric GO trains,
while Metrolinx board meets, January 26



The Clean Train Coalition — a group of residents living near GO Transit’s Georgetown South rail corridor and elsewhere — have organized a demonstration on Wednesday, January 26 to demand that the Ontario Government buy electric-power trains.

The event takes place at 8:30 a.m. outside the Metro Central YMCA at 20 Grosvenor Street, where the Metrolinx Board of Directors are meeting.

During its meeting, the board will consider a recent staff report (.pdf) recommending that GO electrify the Georgetown and Lakeshore train corridors in about ten years.

By organizing a demonstration outside the building where the board is meeting, the Coalition wants to encourage the provincial transit agency to approve buying the electric trains now — before it starts operating Air Rail Link trains along the Georgetown line in 2015.

According to the Coalition,

  • electric trains are far less harmful to human health than diesel trains,
  • electric trains are more versatile so they integrate well with other public transit and
  • electric trains are less expensive in the long run.

Getting there by transit:

  • 1 Yonge - University - Spadina trains (southbound) to Wellesley Station, walk two blocks south and half block west;
  • 1 Yonge - University - Spadina trains (northbound) to College Station, walk two blocks north and half block west;
  • 94 Wellesley buses to Yonge Street, walk two blocks south and half block west;
  • 506 Carlton cars to Yonge Street, walk two blocks north and half block west;
  • 6 Bay buses to Grosvenor Street, walk half block east; or
  • 97B Yonge buses to Grosvenor Street / Alexander Street, walk half block west.