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Clean Train group to demonstrate before Metrolinx meets
to demand electric Air Link trains

The Clean Train Coalition — a group of residents living near GO Transit’s Georgetown South rail corridor and elsewhere — have organized a demonstration tomorrow, Friday, February 18 to demand electric-power trains.

The event takes place at 8:30 a.m. outside the headquarters of Metrolinx, the regional transit authority, at 20 Bay Street (beside the Queens Quay / Ferry Docks rapid transit station.)

The Metrolinx Board of Directors is meeting while the demonstration takes place. Among other items on its agenda, the board will consider a staff report recommending that Metrolinx proceed to buy two Japanese-made diesel locomotives for the future Air - Rail Link trains.The Coalition wants to Metrolinx to “electrify” the line as soon as it starts operating — instead of operating diesel trains at first and electric trains later.

The Clean Train Coalition is concerned about the human and environmental health effects of operating diesel trains along the Georgetown South rail corridor and throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. Since GO plans to increase service along the line and also introduce the Air - Rail Link trains, connecting Union Station with Toronto Pearson International Airport, will also run along the line, more than 150 diesel trains may be passing through neighbourhoods along the line daily by 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.