…text is from Metrolinx, just moved around for the post – although all the Terms of Reference sound great
Yesterday, Metrolinx announced the launch of a study for the electrification of the entire GO Transit rail system to meet the future transit service demands across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Among the issues the Terms of Reference could address:
Criteria to determine the staging of electrification of GO’s rail lines Performance improvements for riders Power supply and distribution Union Station capacity Rail corridor ownership Urban planning benefits Vehicle technology options and availability Physical constraints Property impacts Impacts on GO capital and operating costs
“The Big Move recommends future Express Rail service throughout the GTHA, for which electrification is an important element. This study is the critical next step. I am very pleased that we are moving forward on this issue in a comprehensive way”, said Rob MacIsaac, Chair of Metrolinx.
We are also establishing an external advisory committee that will be made up of community representatives, riders and independent technical experts, to advise Metrolinx on the Terms of Reference for the study. We will post the membership of the Advisory Committee in the coming weeks on our website. We are beginning work on the study immediately and expect to complete it by 2010.
We will continue to update you about the progress of the study. We are building an improved transit system for the region with your help.
For full release: Metrolinx to study electrification of GO Transit’s rail system
Their site metrolinx.com