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Metrolinx, City of Toronto and Weston BIA Work Together to Beautify Transit Infrastructure

TORONTO: October 26, 2016 – Metrolinx and the City of Toronto's StreetARToronto (StART) program have partnered to complete a series of street art murals to enhance the public realm in the communities along the 20 km long stretch of the Georgetown South rail corridor. The Weston BIA also graciously contributed towards this community art project.

The third in a series of street art murals will be officially unveiled in the Weston GO Station Parking Lot located at 1865 Weston Road. York South – Weston MP Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and York South – Weston MPP Laura Albanese and Ward 11 Toronto City Councillor Frances Nunziata will be joined by local artist Mahmood Popal and other artists and community members who contributed to this project, titled "Make Your Mark", at the official unveiling on Saturday October 29, 2016 at 12:30 p.m.

The City of Toronto-Metrolinx partnership enhances the neighbourhood, encourages walking and active transportation and transit use, and showcases the talent of Toronto street artists.

“Street art plays a critical role in reinforcing neighbourhood character and we are pleased to partner with Metrolinx to add colour and vibrancy to the city's streets and visual landscape,” said Nunziata.

“Metrolinx understands the Georgetown South Project was built next to communities where people live and work. The work we have completed in this area provides not only improved transit, it also adds to the livability of communities in which we work and serve,” said Gord Troughton, Director, Metrolinx Kitchener Corridor.

“Our community strongly advocated for‎ a mural to be incorporated in the design of the Weston GO/UP Express Station and I look forward to take part in the unveiling. I encourage residents of Weston and beyond to come out and take part,” added Albanese.

Launched in 2012, StreetARToronto (StART) is an innovative, public-private partnership designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods throughout the City. StART provides opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the program mandate, to make walking, cycling and driving through Toronto's streets more appealing, and strengthen the sense of place, inclusion and belonging within communities.

“Our community strongly advocated for‎ a mural to be incorporated in the design of the Weston GO/UP Express Station and I look forward to take part in the unveiling. I encourage residents of Weston and beyond to come out and take part,” added Albanese.

“Our community strongly advocated for‎ a mural to be incorporated in the design of the Weston GO/UP Express Station and I look forward to take part in the unveiling. I encourage residents of Weston and beyond to come out and take part,” added Albanese.

This project is part of Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area with fast, convenient and integrated transit. Working through its divisions GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express, Metrolinx is transforming the way the region moves.

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Metrolinx
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City of Toronto
Steve Johnston 416-392-4391 sjohnsto@toronto.ca