THE TRANSIT ALLIANCE UNITES METROLINX, CIVIC ACTION, BOARD OF TRADE AND PEMBINA

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For Immediate Release May 2nd, 2013

Toronto Transit Alliance

THE TRANSIT ALLIANCE UNITES METROLINX, CIVIC ACTION, BOARD OF TRADE AND PEMBINA

On Tuesday evening, community and business leaders convened at a symposium at the Annex Centre for Social Innovation to talk about the “Big Move” project to expand transit in the GTHA. The event was hosted by the Toronto Transit Alliance, moderated by the Chair Sarah Thomson, former mayoral candidate and publisher of the Women’s Post. Guest speakers included Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig, Board of Trade VP Policy and Government Relations Richard Joy, Civic Action CEO Mitzie Hunter, and Pembina Institute Director of Ontario Policy Transportation Cherise Burda.

The discussion centered on the importance of sticking with the Metrolinx “Big Move” transit plan.

An interesting segue occurred when the topic diverted over to the problems that arise when politicians try to create new transit maps diverting attention away from the true challenge facing the Toronto Region… transit funding.

Benefits of the Big Move plan were discussed, including its aim to have 80% of the region’s residents within 2km of rapid transit, and the plan being the single largest reducer of greenhouse gases in the region once fully implemented.

A sense of urgency to solve the region’s gridlock was prevalent.

The audience raised concerns about turmoil at Queen’s Park. “We can’t allow ourselves to be derailed,” responded Mitzie Hunter, when referring to a potentially imminent Ontario provincial election. The guest speakers highlighted the importance of having transit expansion as an important issue in an election, in addition to the need for real leadership on the matter.

Also present at this event was Mississauga Councillor Bonnie Crombie. In addition to being an early political signatory of the Civic Action pledge, Crombie also promoted a further opportunity to discuss the region’s gridlock at a West GTA Summit on May 21.

For more information, please contact our Executive coordinator:

Sarah Patterson
(647) 361-8380
spatterson@unlockgridlock.ca

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