CAA South Central Ontario calls on GTHA municipal leaders to embrace
regional transportation planning
THORNHILL, ON, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - An effective and integrated transit system, through multiple modes, is
vital to addressing the current and future demands on the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area's (GTHA) road infrastructure. CAA South
Central Ontario (CAA SCO) believes in order to relieve the increasing
traffic congestion in the GTHA a regional solution is required.
Yesterday, TTC Chair Karen Stintz unveiled an ambitious proposal
entitled the "OneCity Transit Plan" which includes 175 kilometres of
transit lines - six subway lines, 10 LRTs, five bus and streetcar
routes - across the City of Toronto. The plan will take 30 years and
cost $30 billion to build.
While CAA SCO recognizes the TTC Chair's attempt to expand the transit
system within the city's borders, the growing problem of traffic
congestion extends well beyond the City of Toronto and into the 905
region to the west, north and east.
"Several years ago Metrolinx unveiled 'The Big Move', a document
designed to have a common vision for transportation across the region.
The 'OneCity Transit Plan' presents one option for funding transit, but
does not fully connect with Metrolinx's regional plans for transit",
said Faye Lyons, Government Relations, CAA SCO.
"CAA SCO is calling on the TTC Chair to work with key stakeholders,
Metrolinx, the Ministry of Transportation, and neighbouring
municipalities and politicians to determine the best ways to alleviate
congestion across the region. Our members travel from Barrie to
Toronto, Ancaster to Markham, Toronto to Ajax and Toronto to
Burlington, and transit plans need to reflect travel patterns
throughout the GTHA."
The announcement of the "OneCity Transit Plan" introduces a 30 year plan
without any significant expansion of transit into any 905 community.
CAA SCO continues to advocate that the GTHA needs a long-term funded
regional plan that will offer solutions that reflects how and where
people commute each and every day, while also preparing for future
"The GTHA's transit needs are rapidly evolving with increased rush hour
traffic in all directions and expansion of our transit system needs to
reflect this," added Lyons. "These discussions have far reaching
impacts and we need to consider effective transit options within the
City of Toronto and beyond."
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insurance, travel, automotive care and roadside services. There are
more than 1.8 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and 5
million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're
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SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario
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