Original statement can be found here.
A group of transportation leaders released the following statement today
April 17th, 2015 – The congestion in the GTHA has reached a breaking point and with our region growing quickly, the need to implement Metrolinx’s Big Move transportation plan is more urgent than ever. The Ontario Government’s 2014 Budget announcement of $15 billion in new dedicated funding to this plan was a great step forward for residents and businesses of the region.
We applaud the Government’s announcement yesterday of more than a billion dollars in new dedicated funding for transit service and new capital projects in the GTHA. We look forward to hearing specifics in the coming weeks around how it will be invested and the basis for those decisions.
These commitments are a helpful step towards building the regional transportation system we need, but our work is far from done. Full implementation of the Big Move, with construction, operating and maintenance expenses, is estimated to cost around $80 billion, leaving roughly $50 billion still unfunded. We also need to make sure projects are planned and prioritized in a smart and transparent way and that planned and approved projects stay on schedule and can be easily monitored and tracked by the public.
We look forward to seeing the government move forward on the implementation of this important initiative and support their commitment to building an integrated regional transportation system for the GTHA.
“It’s great to see an additional injection of funding towards our regional transportation network,” said Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO, CivicAction. “We look forward to more projects and improvements getting off the ground in the near future for the sake of our region’s residents and business.”
“Building public support for new revenue sources to build our region’s needed transportation infrastructure has been at the forefront of our advocacy for many years,” said Jan De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade “This funding will create good jobs while improving our region’s productivity by modernizing our infrastructure to reduce congestion.”
“There is no shortage of areas that the government could have chosen to invest in with the proceeds of an asset sale,” said John Brodhead, Executive Director of Evergreen CityWorks. “It is a strong signal of the government’s support of public transit and transportation infrastructure that they chose this as their priority.”
David Suzuki Foundation
The Pembina Institute
Toronto Region Board of Trade