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Metrolinx Renews Commitment to Rail Safety Awareness

TORONTO: May 7, 2015 – Metrolinx is renewing its sponsorship of the Kids’ Safety Village of Durham so children can continue to learn important lessons about rail safety.

The 20-year sponsorship agreement will help maintain key attractions at the village, including a miniature GO station and a mock rail crossing. The 1.2-acre model village provides a controlled environment for police officers and volunteer staff to teach children about rail, transit and road safety from the perspective of a pedestrian or cyclist. In addition to rail stations and crossings, the village also includes detailed roadways, traffic lights and road signs.

“The safety of all road users is a goal for me and for my ministry, especially when it concerns the safety of our children,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. “I commend the great work that Kid’s Safety Village of Durham does every day to help keep our children safe.”

“Safety is our number one priority as we get people where they need to be each and every day,” said Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx. “We’re very grateful for the important work our partners at the Kids’ Safety Village of Durham do to keep our children safe, and we’re proud to continue working with them well into the future.”

Opened in 1995, the Kids’ Safety Village of Durham is a non-profit corporation that accommodates more than 15,000 visits each year. It is run in conjunction with the Durham Regional Police and the Durham Board of Education.

Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario that is responsible for improving all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Working through its divisions GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express, Metrolinx is committed to providing safe, convenient and integrated transit to get the region moving.

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