Transport Action Ontario Report Shows Boaters Will Pay Price for Island Airport Expansion

Independent Transportation Advocacy Group Raises Safety Issues about Jet Plans October 3, 2013 TORONTO – Existing safety zones around the Island Airport will have to be expanded under the jet proposals, a new Transport Action Ontario report finds. More troubling, crucial questions about safety aspects like jet blasts and runway length will likely not be answered before a City Council vote in December. “Transport Action Ontario makes it clear that Deluce’s promises about the Marine Exclusion Zone are untenable,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor. “Boaters and kayakers will pay the price for the expansion of the Island Airport.” The Transport Action Ontario report shows that under current federal safety regulations, the expansion of the runway will results in severe limitations to recreational boating, Toronto Island ferry routes and lake shipping. The independent advocacy group urges the City to delay a decision until key questions are answered by Transport Canada. “City Council is rushing for a vote on the jet plans while key safety questions are not answered,” Kapoor added. “The City study has to address to Transport Action’s concerns about jet blasts area, runway length and emergency planning.” “NoJetsTO thanks Transport Action Ontario for this critical study – let’s hope it will inform the City review,” Kapoor concluded. “That an independent group is offering facts where the TPA and the City have stayed silent is very telling.” The Transport Action Ontario report can be found here (direct link to PDF) or via www.transport-action.ca/ontario. 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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