January 25, 2002

York Region Transit Five-Year Service Plan to receive input


NEWMARKET York Regional Council has approved a draft report of the York Region Transit Five-Year Service Plan, which outlines the Region's proposal to provide an effective, convenient alternative to private automobile use.

A copy of this report will now be circulated to the area municipalities in York Region, GO Transit, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Brampton Transit, the Regions of Durham and Peel, the Towns of Pickering and Ajax, and Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce in the Region. Comments will be received by March 15, 2002.

"The importance of a viable public transit system across York Region is clear. This plan will help identify additional vehicles and service routes we can add to our system," said Bill Fisch, Regional Chair. "At the same time, York Region is working to create inter-regional linkages that are essential to building a strong transportation network."

The Five-Year Service Plan outlines the first of a series of transit improvements, designed to relieve traffic congestion and ensure the efficient movement of goods and persons through York Region over the next 30 years.

As one of the fastest growing regions in Canada, the York Region Transit Five-Year Service Plan calls for:

The Five-Year Service Plan complements the York Region Transportation Master Plan, a vision that foresees an integrated road and public transit network that will support our growth to 2031.

For more information, visit the Region of York Web site at: www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  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: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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