I find it interesting that Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced funding for a high speed rail service between Toronto and Peterborough. At first it seemed strange to me. Via Rail used to run a passenger service to Peterborough that was discontinued in 1990 due to high cost. So what did the federal government see in this routing?
I couldn’t figure it out until I checked out the present rail route on Google maps. That is when it became perfectly clear. This route will pass directly through the airport lands in Pickering.
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Is this the plan? I think so. This is confirmed in an article that I republished on January 6, 2007. In his recent visit Jim Flaherty made a $2.5 million contribution to the Regional Municipality of Durham for the development of a long-term transit strategy. This money is also to be used in the extension of Highway 407 east to Highway 35/115. The 407 is a perfect connection to the present Pearson Airport. It also connects to the 404 Hwy. for downtown Toronto.
Everything is getting in place for an airport. The local and provincial politicians are now demanding jobs in Seaton before housing. They would like to see 35,000 jobs in place. An airport and it’s spin off industry would employ a lot of people.
The residents of Ajax are not exempt from the fallout from the Pickering airport. The flight path is directly over the town.