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Crowded rail-link meeting cancelled

KEVIN MCGRAN
TRANSPORTATION REPORTER

The fire department cancelled a meeting into the future of the rail link to the airport when more than 1,000 people tried to cram into a room built for 450.

“I apologize, but it’s for your own safety,” Scott Cowden of Toronto Fire Services told the crowd at the Bethel Apostolic Church in the heart of Weston.

That neighbourhood fears it will be cut in half when GO Transit expands service to Georgetown and a privately run train begins running every 22 minutes between Union Station and Pearson airport.

One idea tabled by GO Transit would see east-west roads between Lawrence Ave. and Oak St. closed to meet federal rail safety standards. “We don’t like what we see,” said resident Erin Farrace. “Weston will be a ghost town.”

GO insists there are other ideas, including building underpasses and overpasses instead of outright road closings. Officials promised to reschedule “quickly” at a larger venue. The crowd took it in stride, with many promising to come out in even larger numbers next time.

“This means Weston might be taken a little more seriously,” resident Stefania Loberto said.

There is a pubic meeting tonight for Malton residents at the Malton Community Centre.




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