Federal Notice of Commencement (NOC) of an Environmental Assessment for the Georgetown South Service Expansion and Union-Pearson Rail Link

of an environmental assessment
Georgetown South Service Expansion and Union-Pearson Rail Link

Toronto (ON)

March 9, 2009 -- Transport Canada and Infrastructure Canada are required to ensure that a screening is conducted commencing on February 28, 2009 in relation to the development proposal: Georgetown South Service Expansion and Union-Pearson Rail Link.

The new provincial transit and transportation agency Metrolinx is proposing to increase the capacity of the GO Transit service in the Georgetown South Rail Corridor. Improvements to the rail infrastructure in the Georgetown South rail corridor are proposed to accommodate increasing demand for commuter rail service between downtown Toronto and Georgetown, and all areas in between, including a new connection to Pearson Airport.

The Georgetown South Rail Corridor and GO Transit services operate within the existing CN Weston Subdivision rail corridor. The expansion will involve the addition of approximately 20 km of new rail infrastructure, upgrading of existing rail infrastructure, grade separation of existing road crossings, road and watercourse bridge improvements and modifications to existing GO Transit stations.

The Union-Pearson Rail Link service will operate within the Georgetown South Rail Corridor and will connect to Pearson Airport by a new 3.3 km rail spur to interface with Terminal 1 with grade separations. Within the Pearson Airport, the link service will also provide connection to the Pearson Airport's automated people mover (LINK Train) that runs between Terminal 1, Terminal 3 and peripheral parking areas.

The Project is also being assessed under the Ontario Transit Project Assessment Process in accordance with the new Ontario Regulation 231/08 under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act .

Under section 5 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, an environmental assessment is required in relation to this project because Transport Canada may provide financial assistance to the proponent for the purpose of enabling the project and Infrastructure Canada may provide financial assistance to the proponent for the purpose of enabling the project.

This project is also being assessed by the Government of Ontario.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will act as the Federal Environmental Assessment Coordinator for this environmental assessment.

For further information on this environmental assessment, please contact:
Mohammad Murtaza
Senior Program Officer
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
55 St-Clair Avenue W.
Room 907
Toronto M4T 1M2
Telephone: 416-952-1585
Fax: 416-952-1573
Email: mohammad.murtaza@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Kathryn Cooper
Environmental Assessment Officer
Transport Canada
330 Sparks St, 19th floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0N5
Telephone: 613-990-1043
Fax: 613-990-9639
Email: kathryn.cooper@tc.gc.ca

and refer to CEAR reference number 09-01-46153

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