January 07, 2002
NEWMARKET – York Regional Chair Bill Fisch has been appointed to the new GO Transit board, restructured following the Ontario Government's decision to re-assume 100 per cent funding responsibility of GO Transit's annual operations.
Chair Fisch had been a member of the former GO Transit board, and was one of 15 recent appointees by Ontario Transportation Minister Brad Clark.
"I am very pleased the Minister requested my services on the GO Transit board. This is a critical period for transit across Greater Toronto and GO plays a key role," said Regional Chair Bill Fisch. "Increased GO service is imperative for York Region as it grows at the highest rate in the GTA and gridlock increases."
Transportation is a major issue in York. To plan ahead and respond to public concerns, the Region has created a Transportation Master Plan. The extensive document highlights short and long-term transportation and transit goals for the next 30 years, including the extension of the Toronto subway into York Region, improved rapid transit services throughout the Region and key road improvements.
York Region Transit, a Region-wide transit system created from the former municipally operated services, is now in its second year of business. A new common fare system was adopted earlier this month, with advantages for frequent riders thanks to discounted ticket packages and a variety of monthly passes now available.
The Regional Municipality of York provides many essential services, including Police Services, Ambulance, Health Services, Public Transit, Regional Roads, Solid Waste Disposal, Water and Wastewater, Regional Planning and Growth Management, Social Assistance, Children and Family Services, and Housing. York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville. For more information, visit our Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca
Contact: Richard Doust, Director, Corporate Communications, York Region
(905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1237
Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region