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Metrolinx’s investment tools shortlist represents progress

Metrolinx’s new shortlist of proposed investment tools represents progress in the discussion of how to fund a transportation network to address our region’s growing gridlock crisis.

In October 2012, CivicAction and the members of its Regional Transportation Champions Council launched a movement to build support for sustainable ways to fund an enhanced, efficient, affordable, and integrated regional transportation system for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) by asking the question “What would you do with 32 extra minutes* in your day?”.

In today’s announcement, Metrolinx shared 11 tools under consideration to raise funds based on key principles of dedicated funding, fairness, equity, accountability and transparency. This short list will spark further discussion in the weeks before Metrolinx finalizes its Investment Strategy to be presented on May 27th, 2013 at its Board meeting.

CivicAction is continuing to engage civic leaders and residents of the GTHA in its your32 campaign, and will shift its conversation to “What would you do for 32?” in April. We are pleased to see the discussion advancing and encourage residents across the GTHA to become informed and take part in this important discussion.

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For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) has brought together senior and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest social, economic, and environmental challenges. For more information visit:, @CivicActionGTA

For more information, contact: Julia Lo at 416-309-4480 x500

*Thirty-two minutes is the difference between average commute time if The Big Move is funded and built over the next 25 years (77 min), and if no comprehensive system is put in place (109 min). Source: Metrolinx