Independent Report on Runway Extension Impacts Raises More Red Flags

Transport Action Ontario Research Shows Port Lands Development at Risk from Jets TORONTO – The independent citizen advocacy group Transport Action Ontario has released a report that shows the impact an expanded Island Airport will have on Toronto’s Inner Harbour and planned development in the Port Lands, raising even more flags for the jet proposals. “Independent research shows that the jets will either compromise safety or the use of the Inner Harbour and the planned development of the Port Lands,” NoJetsTOchair Anshul Kapoor commented. “We thank Transport Action Ontario for conducting research the TPA and City consultants have been unable or unwilling to do.” [gallery ids="2186,2182,2183,2184,2185"] The 60-page Transport Action Ontario report visualizes for the first time what the Island Airport and its safety zones will look like under Transport Canada’s existing safety requirements with shocking maps and 3D imagery. “An expanded no-go zone for boats and an approach lighting installation will hurt tour boats, ferries, sailors and kayakers,” theNoJetsTO chair added. “The impact of the jets on the Port Lands development will be terrible, hurting investments and City tax revenue.” “With only a week before the crucial City Council vote there are more concerns and unanswered questions than ever before,” Kapoor concluded. “It would be irresponsible for City Council to give the green light to jets given all the risks associated with this flawed proposal.” Last week’s City staff supplementary report on the Island Airportexpansion plans recommends that “no changes to the airport’s Marine Exclusion Zones as currently configured, that would materially encroach on the [Western Gap]” should be allowed as a precondition for negotiations on replacing the Tripartite Agreement. NoJetsTO is a coalition of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a boutique Island Airport. Representing residents across Toronto, the non-partisan organization NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways. NoJetsTO’s goal is to preserve the status quo at the Island Airport by protecting the Tripartite Agreement that governs it.

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