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More mayors pledge support for CivicAction plan

Three York Region mayors pledged their support for better transit today, although there was some disagreement among them on how best to pay for it.

Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow, Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti joined members of their respective councils at the Richmond Hill Centre bus terminal to add their names to the growing list of York politicians calling on the province to implement new, dedicated revenue tools to expand the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area's transit and transportation infrastructure.

Mr. Barrow, Mr. Bevilacqua and Mr. Scarpitti join Georgina Mayor Rob Grossi, King Mayor Steve Pellegrini and more than a dozen local and regional councillors who have pledged support for the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance's Your32 campaign.

Transportation-planning body Metrolinx has suggested it will need about $2 billion per year in annual funding in the decades to come to build  the various projects included in the next wave of its Big Move regional transportation plan, such as the Yonge Street subway extension to Richmond Hill. The three mayors agreed that new, dedicated sources of funding are a must to realize Metrolinx's vision of more transit and less congestion on our roads.

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Sean Pearce

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Markham Economist & Sun