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Ontario NDP calls to electrify Pearson rail link

Ontario’s New Democratic Party is speaking out on the rail link between Union station and Pearson Airport.

The air rail spur line will shuttle passengers between Union Station and a new passenger station at the airport’s Terminal 1.

“When we take a subway in this city, it’s an electric subway, not a diesel subway. There are 300,000 people who live along the rail path here whose health will be put at risk and we have the opportunity to build transit that is electric,” said Jonah Schein, MPP, Davenport.

Schein made the comments at a Clean Train Coalition rally held along the proposed route Saturday afternoon.

Toronto city Councillor Mike Layton also weighed in.

“The fact is, the community is stepping up, and they’re saying no, we don’t want infrastructure that’s going to dirty our air and that’s not going to serve us,” said Coun. Layton, Trinity-Spadina.

The $128.6 million rail link is slated to be up and running in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games, and is being built by AirLINX Transit Partners Inc., a consortium between Aecon Construction and Materials Limited and Dufferin Construction Co., overseen by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario.