Transit continues to be an important issue in Vaughan, across York Region and throughout the GTA. For many years I have been a strong advocate for improving transit and reducing congestion in every way possible. I am a firm advocate for transit planning being evidence based, not driven by political whims that ebb and flow with each election cycle as we have so clearly seen too often in this region.
For the last four years I have been working with Councillor Valerie Burke of the City of Markham and Councillor Godwin Chan of the Town of Richmond Hill under the umbrella of the Yonge North Group. We have made it our mission to meet with virtually everyone involved in the planning and development of transit in the GTHA in order to convince them to fund the next step of the Yonge Subway Extension – preliminary design and engineering. Metrolinx has recommended this step.
This critical project will extend the Yonge subway line 6.8 km north from Finch station to the Richmond Hill/Langstaff Urban Growth Centre at Hwy. 7 and connect with GO trains, GO buses, TTC subway and the Hwy. 7 Rapidway so users can seamlessly commute throughout the GTA.
This week the Yonge North Group met with the mayors of Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham to discuss how we will work co-operatively to move the Yonge Subway Extension forward.
The first step in our plan is to call on the Province of Ontario to fund the project and give Metrolinx the go ahead to move forward. We will also be asking you – our residents and transit users – to make your voices heard and tell the provincial and federal governments how crucial this project is to advancing transportation in the GTA. An information blitz day is planned for early June along the Yonge Street corridor.
We want to get rid of gridlock on our roads and to keep you moving as you commute to work and school, and home to your family. Our transit issues are just as important as Toronto’s and I won’t let us be left behind.
Councillor Alan Shefman
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