January 30, 2002

York Regional Chair discusses rapid transit initiatives speech to Canadian Urban Institute conference

NEWMARKET Partnerships are the key to developing new transit initiatives, and York Region has developed an innovative Public-Private Partnership (PPP) proposal to alleviate gridlock and congestion in York and neighbouring communities, Bill Fisch, Chair of the Regional Municipality of York, told a Canadian Urban Institute conference today.

"Smart, inter-regional transit development depends on smart partnerships between the public and private sector," said Chair Fisch during his address. "Such partnerships have been a critical part of Canada's history. In a country where great distances have meant great costs for the transportation of goods and people, co-operation between the private and the public sectors has been essential."

The speech from Chair Fisch was part of a daylong conference entitled Working for Better Roads, Water, Transit and Borders. He highlighted York's rapid transit strategy, the heart of the Transportation Master Plan for York Region a 30-year action plan that addresses transportation needs in York Region and across Greater Toronto.

The Region has received submissions from five consortia responding to a Request for Qualifications regarding a PPP for a York rapid transit plan. The strategy focuses on a system well linked to transit systems in the City of Toronto and the Regions of Durham and Peel. The joint venture is a collaborative effort between the Region of York and the municipalities of Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan.

"There's a new energy in transit planning. There's a sense that wonderful things are possible if only we can come together to engage in smart transit development," said Chair Fisch. "It is estimated that one million car trips from the GTA can be eliminated within two years through the York transit plan. York is connecting with its rapid transit strategy. It is connecting with the private sector for smart and fast transit development."

To review a copy of Chair Fisch's speech to the Canadian Urban Institute conference, or for more information on the Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at www.region.york.on.ca

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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