June 5, 2009
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York holds public information meeting on proposed light rail transit project

…quot; The Regional Municipality of York invites the public to attend a public information meeting regarding the proposed Don Mills Road and Leslie Street Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project.  York Region wants to ensure that anyone with an interest in this study has an opportunity to get involved.
The public meeting will take place on:   
DATE:  Wednesday, June 10th  
LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn
    300 Commerce Valley Drive East,
TIME:  Open House: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  Presentation: 7 p.m. 
In November 2008, Metrolinx adopted a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) called The Big Move: Transforming Transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  The RTP identifies a LRT line in the Don Mills Road and Leslie Street corridor from the Bloor-Danforth Subway to Highway 7.  The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission are currently undertaking a transit planning study to define the LRT project along the Don Mills Road corridor from the Bloor-Danforth Subway to Steeles Avenue.
The purpose of York Region’s study is to undertake the transit planning and assessment for the LRT on Don Mills Road and Leslie Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 7.
The study will proceed in two phases.  The first phase will involve defining specific details of the transit project.  The second phase of the study will be the transit project assessment, which will be initiated this fall and be conducted in accordance with the Ministry of the Environment’s assessment process for transit projects, Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Undertakings.
The Don Mills Road and Leslie Street LRT project is part of the long-term vivaNext rapid transit plan, which also includes subway extensions and new rapidways.
For more information about the vivaNext plan and York Region Rapid Transit, please visit www.vivanext.com
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Dale Albers, Chief Communications Officer, York Region Rapid Transit
 Phone:  905 886-6767, ext. 2250 or Cell: 416 206-3716
 Email:   Dale.Albers@york.ca

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