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November 24, 2006
GO Transit Infrastructure Expansion Program

For this meeting, our guest presenter was Kees Schipper. Since October, 2005, Kees has acted as Program Director of the AGM portion of GO TRIP, GO Transitís infrastructure expansion program. Previously, he was Commissioner of Transportation and Works at the Region of York responsible for transit, roads, water and wastewater, and solid waste management. Prior to that, he was employed at City of Mississauga, Region of Durham, MTO, and the private sector. Kees has an MBA from the University of Toronto and was recently recognized as one of the top ten public works leaders by the American Public Works Association.

Kees discussed GO Transit's infrastrucutre expansion program. The projects include adding many kilometres of new track on the Lakeshore and Georgetown lines to allow for better train service, underpasses or overpasses that will separate GO Train service from CPR or CN freight traffic on the Georgetown, Bradford, and Stouffville lines, and improvements to allow GO Train service to extend north to Barrie. At Union Station major construction projects include rehabilitation of the roof over the train platforms, a new platform for tracks 13 and 14, and a second GO concourse, in the west end of the building, also be replacing the tracks, modernizing the signal system, and building a midday train storage yard east of the station.

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