Update — March, 2015

> Following a series of public forums across the region, the Southwestern Ontario Transportation Alliance unveiled its Network Southwest public transportation action plan on March 18, 2015, in St. Marys. Al Strathdee, Mayor of the Town of St. Marys, announced a contribution to the cost of researching and presenting the report, which has been funded by contributions from community advocacy groups, businesses, and municipalities across the region.

Network Southwest will require an investment of $400 million over five years – equivalent to one kilometre of new subway tunnel – to purchase modern, Ontario-built trains, make safety and capacity improvements to the railway network to allow shorter journey times, and establish a network of bus routes to reconnect the dozens of communities that have lost their bus services since 2009. The full report is available online at www.swota.ca/network-southwest.