By: Esther Bobet
Every day, approximately 38 freight trains run through Southern York Region on the CN line and have for years. In the fall of 2015, the Town of Milton, with support from Mississauga, Cambridge and Toronto, commissioned “The Missing Link” report which proposed a plan to facilitate dedicated GO train lines to serve Milton and Mississauga by re-routing CP rail freight onto the CN York Region line and into our neighbourhoods in Vaughan and Markham. York Region was not consulted.
After learning about “The Missing Link” report, a group of York Region residents, including SFRA members, started a petition, “Public Transparency 4 Freight Trains”. We also acted to ensure that the provincial Minister of Transportation, our local and regional councillors, and MPPs and MPs from both major parties were aware of and understood our concerns. Everyone we met with agreed that “The Missing Link” was an important issue and that we should all work together to make sure it does not go forward.
In November 2017, SFRA and the Grandview Area Residents Association attended consultation sessions held by Metrolinx regarding the Metrolinx Draft 2041 Regional Transportation Plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, which contained references to the “Missing Link” proposal. We raised our concerns at the consultation sessions. We also submitted a formal comment document in which we stated our opposition to the “Missing Link” proposal. SFRA continues to work closely with GARA and other ratepayer and resident associations in Southern York Region on the “Missing Link” issue.