The leading candidates for the Ontario Liberal leadership are open to a new revenue stream dedicated to transit, according to a group seeking to provoke an “adult discussion” on the topic of funding.
The pledges come weeks before the party chooses a new leader, who will automatically become premier of the country’s biggest province.
“I think that the general tenor of the answers of those who responded was very positive, in that they acknowledged the need for investment in transit and the need for income streams and revenue sources to pay for it,” Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance chairman John Tory said Monday.
Regional transportation issues have taken on increasing urgency as worsening congestion erodes the Toronto area’s competitiveness. But few elected officials appear willing to risk political capital by promising the sort of major funding needed to break the gridlock. A $50-billion plan to improve transit across the region over the next generation – the so-called Big Move – is only partly funded.
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