Stop Dirty Diesel Trains Group

January 19, 2011 09:00 ET

Grass Roots Group Launches Online Campaign and Plans Demonstration to Stop Metrolinx and McGuintys' Planned Dirty Diesel Train Purchase

The Stop Dirty Diesel Trains Group Advocates Electrified Trains as the Better Solution for Toronto. Stop Dirty Diesel Trains! Go Electric!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2011) - Stop Dirty Diesel Trains, a Toronto-based grass roots group, announced today that they have developed an emergency action plan focused on stopping Metrolinx and the McGuinty government from moving forward with their planned purchase of dirty diesel trains from Japanese manufacturer Sumitomo on February 6, 2011.

"We are a diverse group of neighbours who agree that dirty diesel trains are a bad idea for Toronto," said Stephen Dorsey, spokesperson for the group. "We believe, and the facts show, that the expansion of an Air Rail Link to the airport using electric trains is the better solution for our city. It's better for the environment, its better for the health of all residents, it's a better transit solution that can accommodate more people in a more affordable manner, and over the long term, it's a better financial investment of tax payer dollars," he added.

Metrolinx and the McGuinty governments' own research shows that electrified trains are the better solution, but they have continually seeded misinformation in the media on the issue. "They often cite the 2015 Pan Am games as the excuse for why they can't go with electric trains now, but it's clear to common sense people who have looked at the facts and options that this is just a red herring," added Dorsey.

The Stop Dirty Diesel Trains group has launched a three-week awareness campaign that involves a website with information about the issues, ads that will appear in local publications and a postcard and poster campaign that provides downloadable materials designed to enable local DIY initiatives.

They have also engaged with other groups who oppose the purchase of diesel trains in order to coordinate a mass demonstration at the next Metrolinx board meeting on January 26, 2011 at 8:30AM at the downtown YMCA (20 Grosvenor St. between Bay St. and Yonge St.).

More information can be found on their web site at www.stopdirtydieseltrains.ca or on their new Facebook page at: Stop Dirty Diesel Trains.

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