TORONTO, November 15,
2000 -- Local politicians and
York University have joined forces to launch a major public transit initiative. The
Spadina-York Subway Extension Committee has been formed to promote the extension of the
subway system from Downsview Station to York University, and north to Highway 7 and the
new downtown area of the City of Vaughan. The Committee includes representatives from the
City of Toronto, the City of Vaughan, the Regional Municipality of York, and York
"This is a shining example of inter-regional cooperation in
support of a major infrastructure project," says Mario G. Racco, the Committees
chair and a Vaughan City Councillor. "The subway extension will greatly improve
accessibility to York University and will make a significant contribution to the
controlled development of high-growth areas bordering the City of Toronto."
York University President Dr. Lorna Marsden notes that the University
is one of the most significant traffic generators in the GTA, parking more than 30,000
cars on peak days. "The Spadina-York subway extension would make a major difference
to York students, faculty and staff, and makes good economic, environmental, and community
development sense," says Marsden.
The concept of extending the subway to York University and the City of
Vaughan has been included in several regional transit studies produced over the past ten
years. The main objective of the new Committee is to secure the necessary approvals and
funding to proceed with the project.
"An expanded subway system is a viable solution to the future
transit needs of the Greater Toronto Area," Racco says. "It will reduce traffic
congestion and air pollution. It also will have a significant economic impact by improving
access to business districts situated along the subway lines."
To promote this initiative and create public awareness, the Committee
has introduced the slogan "Its Our Way Or The Highway," suggesting public
transit is the solution to the problem of increased commuter traffic.
For more information, contact:
Mario G. Racco
Chair, Spadina-York Subway Extension Committee
(905) 832-2281, ext. 8342
Director, Corporate Communications
City of Vaughan
(905) 832-2281, ext. 8288
(416) 736-2100, ext. 22091